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Focus must remain on addressing sudden cardiac death in the young

5 November, 2007


West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has welcomed news that proposed measures to combat sudden cardiac death in the young will be addressed in the Service Framework for Cardiovascular Health & Wellbeing due to be published for consultation in April of next year.

The West Tyrone MP secured the information following written questions he submitted to Health Minister Michael McGimpsey seeking an update on what measures are being put in place to ensure the early detection of heart defects in the young and additional measures aimed at preventing sudden cardiac death in the young.

Pat Doherty said,

"The recent tragic deaths of young people in Tyrone and Co Meath brought home to everyone the need for a holistic strategy to be formulated and resourced to tackle the issue of sudden cardiac death in the young.

"Given that the issue has since fallen from prominence in the media I was keen to ensure that it still remained a priority for the health authorities.

"I welcome the fact that a workshop led by the Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health is to carry out an in-depth investigation into the issue and will explore what further steps can be taken to protect those most at risk. This will include leading health experts in cardiology, clinical psychology, genetics, research academics within this field, along with people from relevant government departments, public health bodies, the Sports Council and voluntary organisations.

"I trust that the findings and recommendations of this workshop will be fully reflected in the Service Framework for Cardiovascular Health & Wellbeing due to be published for consultation in April of next year and that resultant initiatives to address the issue will be brought forward on an all-island basis." ENDS

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