WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SCREENING?
You (the client) will receive an email within 10 working days with an attached pdf of the results of the cardiac screen. This will quantify your cardiac risk factors in the form of a QRISK2 score. This is a nationally recognised risk assessment tool utilised by General Practitioners and other healthcare services that informs your % likelihood of developing a heart attack or stroke over the next 10years. If necessary/appropriate we will provide advice on moving forward to reduce your risk factors. In some cases we may advise that you make an appointment to see your GP, and take these results with you. The pdf will include a copy of your ECG, with any abnormalities highlighted.
WHAT IF MY ECG IS ‘ABNORMAL’?
On average 3 out of 100 ECGs performed in a cardiac screening context will show a ‘false positive’ abnormality. What this means is that these ECGs differ from the norm, but these do not necessarily represent anything sinister, and are entirely normal for that individual. It is important however that in these instances, further testing is carried out in order to confirm that these abnormalities do in fact represent a true false positive.
As made clear in the consent form and disclaimer, the responsibility to arrange further testing is your own, but this can be easily arranged through your GP, by taking your results to an appointment with them.
In most cases you will require an Echocardiogram (ECHO) at your local hospital, which is a quick and easy and non-invasive test which involves an Ultrasound (jelly scan) of your chest. Only about 1 in 100 of individuals who get to this point, require any further investigations, or ongoing monitoring, and may be advised to make some minor lifestyle modification.
Around 1 in 300 individuals may be found to have a potentially serious condition that may require significant lifestyle modification, treatment or possibly surgery. In some cases these individuals may be advised to abstain from any sporting activity in the future, to reduce their risk of SCD.
WILL ANYONE ELSE SEE MY RESULTS?
Absolutely not. We take our commitment to client confidentiality very seriously, and will only share your results with you. SportAssure will keep a record of your details and results on our encrypted database, so that should you require retrospective clarification of your results, or lose your copy and wish to be sent the results again, we are able to help you with this. If you would prefer that we do not keep your results, then make this clear to us during the screening process, and we will respect your wishes, however you will then have the only records of your screening.
We comply fully with the Data Protection Act of 1998.
WHY IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT OF 18?
Whilst screening at an early age may be useful for certain inherited conditions, the most common cause of SCD (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) does not usually develop until adolescence. Screening at too young an age therefore, can give a false impression that someone does not have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.