Here at Cheshunt Boxing Club, we feel it is important that our boxers are fit and healthy, so we have arranged for a cardiac screening to be done at our club.
The cardiac screening will see C.R.Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young), a registered charity, offer subsidized ECG and Echocardiogram screenings to all young people between the ages of 14 & 35.
An ECG (electrocardiogram) test is a simple way to diagnose most cardiac abnormalities. For extra clarity, an Echocardiogram (ultrasound scan) can also be done. It is important to state that you will only have an Echocardiogram if anything looks odd to the professor. Both tests are painless and non-invasive.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why should I get screened?
Screening can identify any cardiac issues and can actually prevent deaths. It is strongly recommended that athletes have a screening.
What test will I have and how long does screening take?
The screening programme comprises of a health questionnaire which enquiries
specifically about the cardinal symptoms of cardiac diseases such as
chest pain, breathlessness, dizziness, palpitations or black outs and
also importantly enquiries about family history of cardiac conditions,
because most conditions that cause sudden death in young people are
hereditary (by that, we mean they are genetically transmitted).
The questionnaire is then usually followed by an ECG, which is an electrical tracing of the heart that is designed to look for
electrical faults of the heart and to raise suspicion of the
cardiomyopathies. So the whole process doesn't take long and in many
situations, the individual can be reassured on the spot. A small number
of people, roughly 4%, need further tests. Out of that 4% only 0.2% will have a serious problem and a mere 1% will have a minor issue.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
This screening programme involves filling out a health questionnaire
so it's important to bring details about your General Practitioner (GP), any
relevant medical conditions that you may have. Also, if you are taking any medications, you'll need to be aware of what they are or bring them with you on the day.
How do I book an appointment?
You can book an appointment by going to http://testmyheart.org/events/the-cheshunt-club/. From there click on "Places Available" and you'll be taken to a list of the different times available to book. 3 people can book in each 10 minute slot. Once you've found a suitable, available time for you, click "Available" and fill in all the details on the form. Once you've filled in these details, click "Book" and check your email. You would have received an email from CRY saying your appointment is "pending". Nearer the time, CRY will send you another email asking you to confirm your booking. They will also ask you to fill in two separate forms, in this confirmation email. Once you've received this email, please read the following question.
I've received a confirmation email - what now?
If you've received a confirmation email from C-R-Y, there should be a step-by-step guide on what to do next on the email. You'll need to print off and fill in a screening consent form, print off and fill in a medical questionnaire and read through the Information Sheet. You can find all of these enclosed in your email from C-R-Y.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU BRING THE TWO FORMS TO YOUR APPOINTMENT AS THEY CANNOT PRESSED WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT FORM AND MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE.
My question hasn't been answered. How do I find out more about this event?
You can contact the event organizer on firstname.lastname@example.org, send us a tweet on @CheshuntABC or you can click here to go to CRY's official website.