Sadly approximately 16 young people (under 35) die a week in the UK from Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Our screening service is available upon request to all persons ages 14-35 following the completion of a pre-screening health questionnaire. There is a misconception that only elite athletes should be screened, but any one who participates in sport and even those who don't, can be affected.
Our doctor led cardiac screening service is located at Spire Southampton Hospital or can be delivered at a location of your choice. We offer our service to the following:
- Sports club and associations
- Independent schools
- Business organisations
- Other social clubs.
The heart screening service aims to detect potential underlying cardiac conditions that may increase the risk of a triggered sport related cardiac event. We aim to increase awareness, provide peace of mind and allow prompt follow-up for your members with our group of consultant cardiologists, including an FA registered cardiologist.
We adhere to the European Society of Cardiology guidelines with the completion of a pre-screening questionnaire, physical examination, 12 lead ECG and echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound) where indicated, that will be reviewed by our group of consultant cardiolgists. All reports will be completed and returned within 5 working days.
Any person who has an abnormal ECG or echo will be followed-up and invited for a full cardiac consultation.
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC 2005) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) both recommend cardiac screening for any young person taking part in competitive sport.
Southampton Heart Service Diagnostics welcome the opportunity to build a relationship with your club, school or organisation with the provision of our prefessional, flexible and convenient service.
- Pre-screening questionnaire and consent form
The questionnaire will provide us with details of any previous medical history and help us identify any symptoms that may be of concern. The consent form will identify that you have agreed to have the screening performed.
- 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG)
An ECG is a test that looks at the electrical activity of the heart. ECG electrodes are positioned on the torso and connected to an ECG machine via wires. The ECG machine takes a recording of the heart's electrical activity and produces a 12 lead print out that is reviewed by a consultant cardiologist. This test is painless and takes only five minutes.
- Echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound)
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of the heart, often referred to as an 'echo'. The scan provides images of the heart using a probe that is placed on your chest. Images are taken from various different angles as the probe is moved around the chest. The probe is connected to an echocardiogram machine which allows images to be stored and analysed. These images show how well the heart is working and will also identify any possible functional or structural abnormalities of the heart. The scan will be performed and reviewed by a consultant cardiologist. The scan is painless and takes 15-30 minutes.
Each ECG and echo will be reviewed by our group of consultant cardiologists, including an FA registered consultant cardiologist. Reports will be completed and returned within 5 days. Any person who has an abnormal ECG or echo will be contacted and invited for a full cardiac consultation.
To book a screening, or for more information, please contact us on 023 8091 4444.