Private Members' Bill
The Bill aimed to significantly improve the availability of screening to those recognised as being the high-risk group, i.e. those young people (aged 35 or under) who had had a sudden young death in the family; or had a first-degree relative diagnosed with a condition; or were having signs and symptoms themselves.
Although screening for first-degree relatives after a young sudden cardiac death is officially advised, in reality this advice was not always given clearly enough. Screening should also be available to those young people exhibiting signs and symptoms which are often either misdiagnosed or dismissed because the person is considered too young to have heart problems.
Dari Taylor's Private Members' Bill championed the notion that screening should be clearly available both to families who have suffered a tragedy, and to young people showing recognised signs and symptoms.
Sir Ian Botham OBE, Honorary President of CRY, said: "This is a great opportunity for real progress to be made in reducing the annual death toll of young lives lost unnecessarily to sudden death syndrome. I would urge everyone to put pressure on their MPs to support this Cardiac Risk in the Young Screening Bill so that we can get legislation introduced to stop these terrible tragedies."
After debate in the House of Commons, Dari Taylor withdrew her Bill when the Health Minister promised a new National Service Framework (NSF) for Coronary Heart Disease chapter, which would include guidelines for tackling the issues surrounding young sudden cardiac deaths.
NSF for Coronary Heart Disease, Chapter 8: Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death was published in March 2005. As promised, this chapter included guidelines specifically focussing on young people.
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