Hidden heart conditions can pose a real risk for participants in sport and physical activity, so the issue of heart screening is of huge importance to the members of the Welsh Sports Association. We are therefore delighted to be supporting the charity Welsh Hearts in their initiative to ensure heart screening for 8-45 year-olds is readily available across Wales.
Welsh Hearts provide heart screening, CPR training and defibrillator installations in communities across Wales, and since 2013, they have played a leading role in improving heart health awareness in Wales – being regarded as THE heart charity at the centre of saving lives across Wales.
Charity Director, Sharon Owen said:
“to be joining forces with the WSA is a fantastic step forward in raising heart health awareness and will hopefully reach further in educating people that heart screening is vital, even for those who are young, fit and seemingly healthy. By finding a previously undiagnosed heart issue, potentially a life can be saved, at least an individual who is found to have a heart problem can get treatment sooner rather than later’.
Welsh Sports Association CEO Victoria Ward said:
“The collaboration with Welsh Hearts is a great opportunity to raise the profile of screening services and ensure that screening is accessible and affordable to all athletes in the future. The screening sessions being offered are quick and painless, so we would encourage all our members to spread the word amongst their athletes and help us to improve heart health awareness across Wales.”
To celebrate the launch of the partnership, members of the WSA can access a screening session on Saturday April 13th with free spaces for the first 100 spaces. The screening will be held from 9am at David Lloyd Cardiff, Ipswich Road, Cardiff CF23 9AQ.
As there are limited spaces they will be offered on a first come first served basis.
Additional screening dates are planned, and for these WSA members have access to a special discounted rate when using the code WSA2019:
Adult Heart Screening service will be reduced to £52 from £65
Paediatric Screening service will be reduced to £55 from £65.
To book your place for the Cardiff event, please go to https://welshhearts.org/Events/Event/120/Adult-Heart-Screening-Cardiff
and use the code WSAScreen2019
To donate to the Welsh Hearts charity, please visit their website here.