In November 2016, Dan’s Trust donated a further £50,000 to support the expansion of the PREDICT-VF study into SADS run by Dr Varnarva’s team at Imperial College, London. In 2014, Dan’s Trust funded an initial £50,000 to get the PREDICT-VF project off the ground, in which the team used a novel, wearable technology (ECVueTM vest) as the primary investigative tool.

Amanda Varnava

The success of the team’s findings enabled them to secure significant further investment worth £250,000 from the British Heart Foundation to realise this project’s potential. The current expansion will allow the team to build on their ground breaking research.

Each week in the UK, twelve fit and healthy people below the age of 35 die suddenly

Dr Amanda Varnarva

Imperial College

As Dr Amanda Varnava of Imperial College, London explains: “Each week in the UK, twelve fit and healthy people below the age of 35 die suddenly. These individuals often have no warning at all – they are fit and able to participate.

in triathlons and other sporting events – but are secretly harbouring an inherited cardiac condition.

If we are able to identify those who are at risk from SADS, we are able to offer them an internal defibrillator which almost comprehensively protects them from sudden death. This is why screening for these conditions is so important.”

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