Why heart screening is so important
Each week in Ireland, one person under the age of 35 passes away from an inherited heart condition such as Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) or Long QT Syndrome.
An inherited cardiac condition is disease that can be passed down through generations of a family, and, if left untreated, can be fatal. However, with screening and identification, steps can be taken to prevent this outcome and a family the pain of losing a loved one.
The Family Heart Screening Clinic is supported every year by the Mater Hospital Foundation, and the heart tests and the staff required to carry them out would not exist without this incredible generosity. The clinic is now a public Mater service and there is no charge for a patient to be seen or to have their tests.
If you think you or your family should be considered for cardiac screening because of a family history of SADS or a genetic heart condition in a young person, you should seek a referral through your GP. If your family are already attending and you wish to be seen to, please contact the clinic directly.