FREE cardiac screening in Knutsford is helping to save lives.

Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions, with no symptoms or warning in around 80 per cent of cases.

More than 100 local people aged between 14 and 35 were screened on Saturday, in the latest programme delivered by Knutsford Community First Responder Trust (KCFRT) and the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

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Qualified cardiac physiologists, doctors and volunteers from both organisations deliver the programme.

The tests can identify cardiac abnormalities, providing vital information to patients so they can start treatment, if necessary.

At this session, seven young people were found to require further tests with suspected previously undetected cardiac issues.

Two sessions have been held in the town every year since 2016.

The first takes place at Knutsford Academy for students and the second is open to local residents.

Lisa Johnson, KCFRT's cardiac screening Coordinator said: "Every week at least 12 young adults die of previously undiagnosed cardiac abnormalities.

“We fund two screening days a year.

“Each event costs £10,000 so we welcome any local support to assist in the funding of this life-saving event.”

This year's public event was part funded by Delamere Diary.

Sue Yates, Delamere Dairy's lead co-ordinator, said: “Delamere Dairy Foundation is a self-governing, independent registered charity with a clear purpose of giving back to local and wider communities through the provision of discretionary grants and other financial assistance.

“The foundation was delighted to assist Knutsford Community First Responder Trust in helping to fund their work with the CRY charity to help screen young people for undiagnosed heart conditions.

“One of our objectives is is to aid the relief of sickness and Knutsford First Responders was selected for its work in this area.”