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02 March 2011

Our Club has just received information about an on-site heart screening service called Healthy Hearts, Healthy Lives which is an initiative being promoted by John & Tony McEntee from Crossmaglen.

The cost per person to have the procedure done is £35.

If anyone would be interested in availing of this service could they please inform either:

Club Chairman Donal Moran (Mob: 07813122452) or
Club Secretary Aidan Lavery (Mob: 07889771970)

Healthy Hearts, Healthy Lives will provide our screening service in pre-determined facilities at your local sports club / community centre. You will be required to fill in a medical questionnaire and consent form which can be completed on-line in advance of the screening, or on the day of the screening.

Everyone will have an electrocardiogram (ECG) which takes approx 7 minutes to complete. An ECG is a non-invasive examination illustrating the electrical activity of your heart beat. It is performed using stickers (electrodes) connected to a mobile recording device. The recorded ECG can be printed or stored for transfer via email.

Each ECG is reviewed and reported on by a Cardiology Consultant within 48hrs. In association with the questionnaire the Consultant may recommend that further testing is required by means of an echocardiogram (ECHO). This is expected in 4% of people.

An ECHO is an ultrasound image of the cardiac chamber, identifying its structures and function. A date and location for the ECHO investigation will be provided within 10 working days of the consultant’s initial report.

Young people wishing to be tested, who are under the age of 16, must get the consent form signed by a parent or guardian.

We strongly recommend that a parent or guardian is present when the person being tested is under 16

We have female technicians therefore we can offer screening to female members.

A patient information 'Booklet' and 'Questionnaire' explaining all the details can be downloaded from our 'Downloads' section.