Systematic heart checks for younger people is not recommended

4th August 2015

The UK National Screening Committee has again decided that heart checks for all young people are not necessary.

The committee considered heart screening for people aged between 12 and 39 to prevent them dying suddenly from heart conditions such as cardiomyopathy.

The committee said it did not recommend systematic screening because:

  • Currently there are a number of uncertainties over the test, the conditions that can cause SCD and the overall benefit of identifying those at risk when weighed against the potential harms.
  • There is very little research into the reliability of the tests for identifying those at risk of SCD, therefore the UK NSC cannot recommend its use in a screening programme.
  • There is no agreed treatment or care pathway for supporting those who have been identified as at risk of SCD. Someone who is identified as having a high risk of SCD may become anxious about their physical activity and stop regularly exercising which can be detrimental to their overall health.

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