Sports Cardiology Program - Services
Expert Athlete-Oriented Consultation
The doctors, nurses and therapists at Northwestern Medicine’s Sports Cardiology Program understand what it means to be an athlete, participate in sports and how important sports participation is to your overall sense of well-being. To help you achieve your athletic goals we provide expert consultation that "speaks athlete." We will sift through your training logs to look for diagnostic clues. We will listen to you when you tell us how your symptoms concern you, and how you feel they limit you. We will take the time to explain the options and the risks and work with you to develop a treatment plan that takes into account your unique preferences as an athlete.
As part of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, the Sports Cardiology Program will tailor an individualized treatment plan that not only diagnoses and treats your underlying heart and/or vascular condition, but works towards returning you to optimal, safe athletic participation.
Advanced Cardiac Testing
Our state-of-the-art clinical care protocols will help us understand how your heart adapts to support your unique athletic needs. We offer advanced cardiac testing interpreted by a team of doctors who understand the athletic heart and interpret your test results with your athletic background in mind.
Testing we offer includes:
- Echocardiography - An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. It uses sound waves to look at the structure and function of the heart without radiation. In an athlete, echocardiograms can be very useful for getting an overview of how the heart is working and to look for a wide variety of heart disorders, including problems with the valves, enlargement of the heart or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
- Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - A cardiac MRI can provide stunning details about how the heart is structured and can help diagnose abnormalities such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an enlarged aorta or rare disorders of the right and left ventricles. A cutting edge MRI application called 4D-Flow is being used in ongoing research protocols to help understand how the heart and the aorta work together to maximize cardiac function.
- Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA) - A cardiac CTA is an extremely useful technique for diagnosing coronary artery disease and for understanding abnormalities of coronary artery origins, a major cause of sudden death in athletes.
- Stress Testing and Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing - A stress test is an extremely useful tool for understanding fitness of the athlete, evaluating for blockages in the coronary arteries and eliciting symptoms in a controlled environment that may occur during training. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing allows for measurement of maximal oxygen consumption (VO2Max) and computation of lactate threshold.
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.