Armed Forces: Heart Diseases

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2019 to Question 269662 on Armed Forces: Heart Diseases, what criteria clinicians follow when seeking to detect significant structural and electrophysiological abnormalities in recruits.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

In line with European Society of Cardiology guidelines, a transthoracic cardiac echo is used to detect significant structural (such as the various cardiomyopathies) and electrophysiological abnormalities (such as abnormal QT syndromes and Brugada syndrome) in Army recruits.

This follows a review of the recruit's full clinical history, a full clinical examination and electrocardiogram (ECG).

RAF and Royal Navy recruits undergo a similar screening process but without an ECG. This is in line with American College of Cardiology guidelines.

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