Everton in the Community will be hosting a free-to-attend heart screening event at The People’s Hub on Saturday 12 October.
Working in partnership with the Vital Signs Foundation (VSF), the event will provide sudden cardiac arrest screening for young people aged between 16 and 35-years-old.
The Club’s official charity has been delivering heart screening events with VSF for more than five years and in 2018, a total of 96 young people were screened with three individuals identified as potentially having conditions linked to sudden cardiac death. In addition to this, 12 young people were advised to visit their GP for other health-related issues linked to their blood pressure. Full support is offered on the day by a team of clinicians including a cardiologist. The screening is non-invasive, painless and takes less than five-minutes. Results are provided on the same day.
Everton in the Community’s Director of Health and Sport, Michael Salla, said: “The Healthy Hearts Programme, delivered in partnership with VSF, has proven to be a life-saving programme with young people being identified with potentially life-threatening heart conditions while, for others, it provides peace of mind.”
Every week in the UK, a minimum of 12 apparently young and healthy young people die as a result of a sudden cardiac arrest.