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Friday 26 May 2017

Kickhams players monitor their health

UNDERTAKE CARDIAC SCREENING

Jackie Kindlon and Tony McEntee from Healthy Hearts, Healthy Lives monitor Cooley Kickhams player Paul Gallagher.
Jackie Kindlon and Tony McEntee from Healthy Hearts, Healthy Lives monitor Cooley Kickhams player Paul Gallagher.

HEALTHY Hearts, Healthy Lives is a mobile heart screening service, set up by former Armagh GAA players John and Tony Mc Entee, providing cardiac screening to help prevent sudden deaths in young people who may have 'Sudden Adult Death Syndrome'.

Cooley Kickhams are the first club in Louth to use their services. The Healthy Hearts team screened over 50 players on-site at the Cooley Kickhams grounds on Saturday 11th June.

In recent years a number of high profile sports stars have died suddenly from Cardiac conditions, such as Tyrone player Cormac McAnallen, who died aged 24 in 2004.

These deaths have led to calls for screening of sports people.

The GAA's Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee, following consideration of the results of a two-year research programme and the most up to date international best practice guidelines, have advised on14th December 2010 that the most effective way to identify risk is for players over the age of 14 to undergo cardiac screening.

Cooley Kickhams feel strongly about this issue and we therefore felt the need to make the Heart Screening accessible to all of our players.

The club would like to thank Tony McEntee and his team for their on-site visit and professional service.

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