Sports Cardiology Program - Athletes
Your heart adapts in different ways depending on your sport, your age, your unique performance goals and whether you are strength- or endurance-focused. No matter what your age or level of competition, Northwestern Medicine’s Sports Cardiology Program can help you to work towards heart and vascular health and safe athletic participation.
What type of athlete are you?
Young Athlete — Young athletes like you have unique cardiovascular needs, and pre-participation screening may be appropriate to evaluate for heart and/or vascular conditions that can make athletic competition dangerous. Whether you need a screening examination or have abnormal results from pre-participation screening, our team stands ready to continue the evaluation and help you weigh and understand the risks. We use the latest and most up-to-date screening protocols and guidelines to minimize delays and diagnose quickly and accurately.
Emerging Athlete — Perhaps you have a new diagnosis of high cholesterol, have recently started blood pressure medications or are recovering from a heart attack. You are eager to get into a program of physical activity, but are not sure where to start or even if it is safe. We can perform appropriate testing to check if you are ready and point you in the right direction as you embark on a life-long journey of athletic fitness.
Master's Athlete — You are thirty-five or older, and have been running, cycling, swimming, or otherwise engaged in physical activity for years or decades. Although you are still literally miles ahead of most people you know, you have had a drop in performance that is sudden or unexpected. All that training is good for your heart, but it does not immunize you from developing common cardiovascular conditions like coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation or peripheral vascular disease. We can test for the presence of cardiovascular conditions, and help get you back to training and competing safely.
Elite Performance Athletes — You live to compete and if you could you would compete to live. You are looking to maximize your cardiovascular performance so that you and your coach can better tailor your training so that you can achieve your peak potential. We offer advanced testing such as cardiopulmonary exercise testing to help you achieve your goals.
Contact Us Today
To schedule an appointment in the Sports Cardiology Program, please call the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 1-866-662-8467. You can also request a first time appointment online.
For more information about the program, please contact our dedicated sports cardiology nurse, Kerri Evans, RN, who can provide additional information and answer your questions.
Last UpdateDecember 16, 2013
Among the Nation's Best
In 2013-14 U.S. News & World Report ranked our Cardiology and Heart Surgery program #12 in the nation and the highest ranked program in Illinois for the sixth straight year.