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Cardiac Screening A Massive Success

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Our Cardiac Screening with CRY was a massive success. We screened over 60 people, with 6 people being flagged as potentially having a cardiac illness. These 6 people have been sent to specialists in London for further treatement.

Cheshunt Boxing Club will always be a supporter of CRY and will always encourage people to get their hearts checked out, as health should be everyone's number one priority.

Here's a report from The Mercury based on a cardiac screening with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) on June 9th.


More than 60 young athletes were tested in a heart-check drive held by an amateur boxing club.

Cheshunt ABC organised the push, in conjunction with national charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Of the 64 youngsters tested on Tuesday, four were found to have abnormalities.

The young people, aged between 14 and 35, were tested at the club's Albury Ride premises, with one young rugby player travelling from west Wales to get his heart checked.

The tests, which entail being hooked up to a monitoring machine, search for heart defects such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which led to the death of former Stevenage FC and Oxford United footballer Mitchell Cole in 2012.

The event is, in part, the brainchild of Steve O'Hara, a coach at the club whose own 15-year-old son got the all-clear when he was tested.

"It was very exciting and went really well," said Mr O'Hara.

"CRY themselves run an amazing service and they are so professional and proficient.

"We have had a couple of lads who have been referred for further tests, and if we had a few more people take up our offer we could have saved more lives."

His son, Stevie, who boxes at the club, said being tested and given the all-clear was "reassuring".

He told the Mercury: "It was quite surreal at first. You feel like you're in 24 Hours In A&E or something like that.

"I was quite worried, but it was over and done with so quickly and it was really reassuring."

Playing sport can increase a young person's risk of cardiac arrest if they have underlying heart issues.

According to CRY, mandatory heart testing for young athletes in Italy has reduced young sudden cardiac death by 90 per cent.

Mr O'Hara said he was disappointed that the team couldn't fill all of their 102 spots but that 64 was better than none.

He said: "It was like a conveyer belt, and if we did have any more, we would have struggled.

"We had a guy come from west Wales who said that this was his nearest one at the time.

"He left with a smile on his face."

Another young boxer who did the test is Kyran O'Neill, 20, who boxes in Welwyn GC.

"Cardiac tests are really hard to come across, you don't get them very often," he said.

"You only get one heart. At the end of the day, it's your health and it only takes ten minutes."

Recently, two Belgian footballers died after collapsing during play.

And in a high-profile incident, Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba was technically dead for 78 minutes after a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match in 2012.

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