At UPMC in Central Pa., we understand the importance of athletic competition and enjoyment of sports. Our team of dedicated cardiovascular specialists work together to provide individualized recommendations for athletes of all ages and abilities, including those with an existing heart condition.
Why choose UPMC in Central Pa. for sports and exercise cardiology?
As athletes ourselves, we recognize the physical demands – and satisfaction – of competitive and recreational sports. With that in mind, we assess the needs of each of our patients, utilize advanced imaging and diagnostic testing as needed and work you to establish and achieve your goals.
How can a sports cardiologist help me?
At UPMC in Central Pa., our sports and exercise cardiologists will work with you to create an individual plan to help you meet your peak performance or desired exercise goal. A sports cardiologist will look at a variety of factors including existing cardiac conditions, current health, family history, and more. Types of services offered through our sports and exercise cardiology program include:
- Pre-participation exercise screening of adolescents, young adults, and Masters athletes.
- Advanced cardiology diagnostic testing such as:
- Evaluation of concerning symptoms.
- Review of personal and family medical history.
- Evaluation of abnormal exam findings, such as heart murmurs.
- Evaluation of abnormal test results including EKGs, echocardiograms and stress tests.
- Investigation of unexplained decline in athletic performance.
- Risk assessment of athletes with diagnosed coronary artery disease who wish to continue competition.
- Assessment of older individuals who wish to participate in competitive sports.
- Strategies for cardiovascular risk factor modification.
- VO2 max testing to guide athletic training programs.
- Referral to appropriate specialists for heart rhythm and other structural heart problems.
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