SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has supported Heart Rhythm Week 2015 (1-7 June) which aims to raise awareness of how to ‘Detect, Protect and Correct’ heart rhythm disorders.
Mr Durkan is also a long-standing supporter of the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and has backed the campaign at Westminster by the Oliver King (OK) Foundation to see the law changed and it mandatory for every school in the UK to have defibrillators – including in Derry and throughout the North.
He said: “I am delighted to support Heart Rhythm Week and to help raise awareness of the critical need to secure early diagnosis and improved outcomes for people who are affected by heart rhythm disorders.
“I have also supported the call by the OK Foundation for a new lifesaving defibrillator law which would see all schools, sports clubs and public service buildings have defibrillators as part of their first-aid kits.
“These devices really can make the difference between life and death – and just as we wouldn’t allow a school to be without life-saving equipment such as fire extinguishers we shouldn’t allow them to be without defibrillators.
“Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) should also be commended for their ongoing crusade here in the North to highlight the importance of screening young people – especially those who regularly take part in sport.”
For further information on how to ‘Detect, Protect and Correct’ heart rhythm disorders visit www.heartrhythmweek.org
Young people aged 14 to 35 can also visit www.c-r-y.org.uk/ecg.htm to find out details of upcoming heart screening clinics in Northern Ireland and to book a free test online.