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Cardiac Screening

Cardiac screening can help identify underlying heart conditions that can lead to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).

The Dillon Quirke Foundation is funding a comprehensive, doctor-led, cardiac screening service, with Advanced Medical Services (AMS) providing the screening.


AMS is Ireland’s leading mobile cardiac screening company. The company performs cardiac screening in schools and sports clubs nationwide, ultimately aimed at reducing the incidence of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). Approximately two young people (under 35) die each week in Ireland from SADS. [SM2] Research has shown that cardiac screening can significantly reduce the incidence of SADS by up to 89%.

For clubs enquiring about booking
screening day:

  • Why Cardiac Screening?
    Incidents of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) are higher in Ireland than many other European countries: up to 100 young people in Ireland die each year from SADS. The European Society of Cardiology and the International Olympic Committee recommend cardiac screening every two years for people involved in competitive sport. The GAA’s Medical, Scientific and Welfare Committee and World Rugby have also recommended cardiac screening for young players. However, there is currently no comprehensive nationwide screening programme for young people. The Dillon Quirke Foundation – in partnership with AMS – is working to address this gap. In Italy, cardiac screening has been mandatory for those involved in competitive sport for the past 25 years. This has reduced the incidence of SADS by 89%.
  • How to access the screening?
    Screening is currently being rolled out to sports clubs nationwide. If you would like to arrange for the screening to come to your club, please contact us via
  • How much does it cost?
    The Dillon Quirke Foundation funds cardiac screenings, and the tests can be accessed for free through your local sports club. Donations to the Foundation all go towards funding the cardiac screening programme

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