Former England rugby player Lee Mears lent his support to a successful event examining the issue of sudden death in sport.

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Cardiac specialist Professor Sanjay Sharma gave a talk explaining the work that cardiologists are doing to prevent sudden death in sport. He spoke on the issues facing athletes and practitioners and showed striking footage of how treatment can be used to save lives.

Lee, who retired in 2013 after being diagnosed with a heart condition, spoke about his own experiences of dealing with his diagnosis and working with Sanjay to aid his recovery. He had an out-standing career in professional rugby, with 201 caps for club Bath, 42 for England and four for the British and Irish Lions.

They were joined by Dr Steve Cox, deputy chief executive and director of screening at the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), who spoke about the screening for heart problems. He also gave practical advice to those concerned about the issue. Former professional footballer Tobi Alabi was also in attendance and was happy to speak about his own experience with heart issues and sign autographs for Millwall fans.



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