adult screening programme

Sudden Cardiac Death

SCD is the sudden and unexpected death of a person caused by a problem with their heart. The causes in people under the age of 39 are often a thickening of the heart muscle or an electrical problem with the heart. In older people, SCD is more likely to be caused by a narrowing of the blood vessels that supply the heart.

The effects of SCD can have a devastating impact on the affected individual and on the wider communities in which the families and friends live and work.

There is currently guidance on testing family members of people at risk of SCD. Effective implementation of this guidance through a targeted screening programme may help prevent SCD in some groups of people who are at high risk.

UK NSC screening recommendation Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in December 2019.

Screening is not currently recommended for this condition.

The UK NSC does not currently recommend screening for cardiac conditionsassociated with sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the young. The reasons behind this decision are detailed in the plain english summary document, which can be found above.

Supporting documents from the 2019 review

Evidence summary sudden cardiac death (2019)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.

UK NSC coversheet & consultation responses SCD (2019)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.

Review cycle

Date previous review completed: 2019

Next review estimated to be completed: 2022 to 2023.

To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.

Organisations interested in Sudden Cardiac Death

These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.

List of organisations

If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for organisation can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.