Free heart screening tests for young men in memory of York entrepreneur

Free heart screening tests for young men in memory of York entrepreneur

Free heart screening tests for young men in memory of York entrepreneur

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The family of a man who died from a heart attacked triggered by a disease have paid for young men to be screened for the illness.

Michael Land, 28, passed away in his sleep two years ago when an undiagnosed lung disease called haemorrhagic pneumonitis attacked his healthy body.

Since the entrepreneur's death, his family have raised more than £22,000 for the Cardiac Risk in the Young charity, and have now paid £4,200 for 100 14 to 35-year-olds to attend a screening session on September 7 to help them avoid the same fate as Mr Land, formerly of Colenso Street, off Bishopthorpe Road, York.

The family are now urging men to take advantage of the checks by signing up for the session at York Railway Institute, New Lane, Acomb.

Mr Land's mum, Ruth Cain, said: "Michael was a very fit youth. He was 28 when he passed away, but had no symptoms.

"We raised money for a defibrillator last year and wanted to do this.

"The doctors normally find a couple of irregularities which they can help, and it's probably something they can correct in its early stages.

"I hope they don't find something, but the normally do, and it's worthwhile doing this."

Mr Land was found by his fiancée Louise Watling on the morning of her birthday.

The former head of Yorkshire Fitness Hire LTD had recently learned he had made it through to the final stages to appear on TV show Dragons’ Den, to try and win funding from business experts for his company.

Testing is carried out through an Electrocardiogram (ECG). Small electrodes are placed around the heart and attached to a machine, which will to provide the reading to a radiologist.

Brother Frazer Land added: "We don't want any places to go to waste at all.

"It's a free screening for heart disease and shows up any abnormalities, heart murmurs or difficulties."

To book a place go to http://testmyheart.org/Private

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3:59pm Fri 29 Aug 14

york gooner says...

What a very commendable sum has been raised for such an important charity. I would strongly recommend ANY 14-35 year olds to attend the screening, and hope that females can be included also, as undiagnosed heart abnormalities kill at least 12 fit and healthy under 35s every week in this country. I cannot emphasis how important it is to find out whether YOU may be at risk. Thank you Ruth, family and friends for your unselfishness, raising so much money so that in your caring for others, people may be helped and lives saved. Unfortunately, I know only too well the heartache caused by such a sudden death as my daughter died from an undiagnosed heart condition aged twenty, five years ago and would not wish any other family to suffer the the shock
and heartache that we have had to endure. Good luck to all at the screening.
What a very commendable sum has been raised for such an important charity. I would strongly recommend ANY 14-35 year olds to attend the screening, and hope that females can be included also, as undiagnosed heart abnormalities kill at least 12 fit and healthy under 35s every week in this country. I cannot emphasis how important it is to find out whether YOU may be at risk. Thank you Ruth, family and friends for your unselfishness, raising so much money so that in your caring for others, people may be helped and lives saved. Unfortunately, I know only too well the heartache caused by such a sudden death as my daughter died from an undiagnosed heart condition aged twenty, five years ago and would not wish any other family to suffer the the shock and heartache that we have had to endure. Good luck to all at the screening. york gooner
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9:45pm Fri 29 Aug 14

eeoodares says...

What a brilliant thing to come out of a tragedy.
What a brilliant thing to come out of a tragedy. eeoodares
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