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
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.
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
- Arrhythmia Alliance
- British Cardiovascular Society
- British Congenital Cardiac Association
- British Heart Foundation
- Cardiac Risk in The Young
- Cardiomyopathy UK
- Cardio & Vascular Coalition
- Children's Heart Federation
- Circulation Foundation
- Faculty of Public Health
- HEART UK
- Institute of Child Health
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Nursing
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome UK (SADS UK)
- The Oliver King Foundation
- Welsh Hearts