County Information


March 2017

Cardiac Risk in the Young - Screening Day

Unfortunately the CRY heart screening day has had to be cancelled, details from


NASA have organised a heart screening day in association with the CRY charity.

The CRY Screening Day is now open for bookings to ALL swimmers, parents, coaches, volunteers and any others who are members of the ASA and
between the ages of 14-35 years old.

There are 100 places available & NASA have subsidised the cost of each place by 37% (based on all 100 places being booked.)

Bookings will be taken in order of payment being received and that on 14th March, if there are still places remaining, we will invite swimmers from neighbouring counties and other local organisations.

*** Places now open to non NASA clubs ***   *** Places now open to non NASA clubs ***   *** Places now open to non NASA clubs ***

Contact Marilyn Richmond, to arrange booking and payment

The following is a letter from Dr Cox, Chief Executive of the charity explaining the event.

Dear Parent/Guardian/Swimmer/Coach/Volunteer

RE: CRY CARDIAC TESTING AT: The Chris Moody Centre, Pitsford Centre, Gate 4, Pitsford Road, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7QL on Wednesday 12th April 2017.

I am writing to you on behalf of the Northamptonshire Amateur Swimming Association and the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) in order to let you know about a cardiac screening programme for people aged 14–35 years old, which will be held at The Chris Moody Centre, Pitsford Road, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7QL on 12th April 2017.

CRY’s mission is to identify those that are at risk from sudden cardiac death. Sudden death syndrome is an umbrella term for the many different causes of young sudden cardiac death. These conditions include thickening of the heart muscle or an abnormal structure of the heart, and irregularities of the impulses that control the rhythm of the heart. Youngsters involved in sport, in particular, stress their heart the most and if they have an underlying cardiac abnormality, they are more likely to be at risk. It is important to emphasise that exercise is NOT harmful and sport itself does not cause cardiac arrest, but can exacerbate an undetected condition.

At a screening, you or your son/daughter will receive an electrocardiogram (ECG) that examines the electrical activity of the heart, and if required, an echocardiogram, as well as a physical examination. The ECG is a simple, non-invasive and painless test that will only take a few minutes to complete and is performed by qualified cardiac physiologists.

The ECG results will be examined by a doctor in conjunction with a personal and family history questionnaire, and if a more detailed picture is needed some individuals will be required to undertake a follow-up echocardiogram. This is an ultrasound scan of the heart that looks at its size, structure and blood flow and takes about 30 minutes to perform. All results suggesting an abnormality will then be sent to CRY Consultant Cardiologist Professor Sanjay Sharma, a leading expert on inherited cardiac conditions.

The cost of the screening is subsidised by 37% by the Northamptonshire Amateur Swimming Association and the cost to members is £35.00 each.

If you would like to have yourself or your son/daughter tested you should contact Marilyn Richmond,, to arrange payment. Once payment has been received you will receive the password to book onto the programme.

If you would like any additional information about cardiac screening please visit Alternatively, please contact a member of the CRY screening team on or call 020 3691 0000.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Steven Cox
Chief Executive
Cardiac Risk in the Young