Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation was set up by the Lunt family in memory of their 25 year old son, Craig, a well-respected, talented and popular young Manx footballer who tragically died in April 2005. His death was due to a previously undiagnosed heart defect.
The Foundation’s goal is to help prevent further tragedies amongst young people on the Isle of Man by raising funds to purchase and donate lifesaving defibrillator equipment to all sports clubs and schools as well as other community centres around the Island.
The Foundation also uses the funding provided to enable heart screening of local people between the ages of 14 and 35 in order to detect possible symptoms of Hypertropic and Dilated Cardiomyopathy and thus help to prevent Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS). Simple screening can help to pick up irregularities in the heart, such as inherited or genetic diseases – left unchecked, these can lead to further heart complications and can even prove fatal.
Too many fit and apparently healthy young (aged 35 and under) people die from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Sports activity is recommended by the medical community and it does not cause young sudden cardiac death, however intense physical exercise may exacerbate underlying conditions, if not identified. In most cases, there will have been no signs or symptoms, which is why Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation believes proactive screening is vitally important.
Director, Paul Watterson, said: “We are delighted to support Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation as charity for this quarter and hope that the donation will go some way in helping them to continue providing invaluable support and information to our local community.”
Are you aged between 14 and 35? Then do yourself a favour and get your heart screened. Simply visit www.craigheartstrongfoundation.co.uk, follow the link to see the next screening date and book your place for free.
It’s easy, it’s painless, and it could save your life!