Every Month Someone Dies like Cormac; DOCTOR CALLS FOR NATIONAL SUDDEN DEATH REGISTER Those with Family History of Premature Death Need Medical Evaluation - DR FIONNUALA QUIGLEY

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ONE young Irish person drops dead from heart failure every week, a shocking new report has revealed.

Between 50 and 70 men and women under the age of 35 die as a result of heart conditions each year.

And Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (Sads), which claimed the life of GAA star Cormac McAnallen, kills at least one teenager or young adult every month.

Dr Fionnuala Quigley looked at the cause of death in under-35s by going through coroner reports in Dublin over a 10-year period.

The work uncovered that between 1993 and 2002, 72 cases of cardiac death were reported in the under-35 age group, 52 of them male. Of these, 13 were Sads deaths.

Dr Quigley believes if there were around seven cardiac-related young deaths a year in Dublin there would be around 52 deaths a year nationwide.

She said: "This is a safe extrapolation. The research shows that the time has come to set up a register of sudden cardiac deaths in Ireland and to establish specialist centres where young people with cardiac symptoms and those with a family history of premature death can be evaluated."

The deaths of fit sporting stars have highlighted the danger of Sads.

Dr Quigley, a GP and lecturer in sports medicine at University College Cork, looked at some of the high-profile cases of sudden cardiac death. …