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Sports Cardiology Project
Systematic cardiology screening (that is an evaluation of the heart) is of major
importance for athletes and forms part of our pre evaluation. Systematic cardiological
evaluation has been shown to reduce the incidence of sudden death in elite sportspeople.
This is because the major cause of sudden death among athletes in training and competition
is due to underlying cardiac abnormalities.
However, these abnormalities are difficult to diagnose because training induces
the so-called “Athlete’s Heart Syndrome” with electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram
abnormalities that are difficult to distinguish from factors that may cause sudden
Cardiology screening includes the medical history, physical examination and ECG.
ECG is a key in the screening process, enhancing the likelihood of detecting heart
disease when combined with medical history and physical examination. It is recommended
that cardiac screening is initiated at the beginning of the competitive activity
(12–14 years) and repeated at least every two years depending on the nature of the
Aspetar works with internationally recognised sports cardiology specialists and
is involved in international collaborative research to ensure that the highest level
of cover is attained.