Sudden Cardiac Death in the young is an under recognised important health problem and tragedy in the UK. It is estimated that at least 12 deaths per week are as a result of SCD in the young.
Furthermore, a significant proportion of these deaths are preventable by simple screening with an ECG and echocardiogram. However, the current UK National screening committee does not recommend systematic population screening for cardiac conditions and SCD in the Young. We feel this is wrong and based on a gross underestimation of the incidence of SCD in the young, inadequate understanding of effectiveness of screening, and lack of appreciation of beneficial treatment strategies available.