Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, met Laura Lees from Bedwas and British rower and London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Andrew Triggs-Hodge to raise awareness of cardiac related deaths in young people.
Mr David was attending an event at the House of Commons which had been organised by Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and Ms Lees had been invited as a member of CRY’s “myheart network”, which offers help, support and information to young people who are coping with a diagnosis of a heart condition. Andrew Triggs-Hodge is one of the charity’s patrons.
Across the UK, 12 people who are under the age of 35 die each week from undiagnosed heart conditions and CRY is campaigning for screening to be offered to all 14-35 year olds.
Speaking after the event, Mr David said, “I have supported the work of CRY for a number of years, so it was a pleasure to meet with Laura Lees at this excellent event in the House of Commons.
“I agree with CRY that more needs to be done to identify young people at risk from sudden heart failure and I am pleased to back their campaign for screening services to be offered more widely to young people”.