Sports are good for cardiovascular health. However, the media sometimes attract our attention with stories about the sudden death of a sports personality while playing sports.

Most of these events occur as a result of a heart rhythm disorder and in fact, most of these cases could have been prevented if the underlying heart disease had been correctly diagnosed earlier.

Although sudden death is not common, any physical exercise increases the risk of suffering from this phenomenon, especially in people with an undiagnosed heart disease.

The focus of sports cardiology is to detect heart diseases that could put the athlete at risk. This specialty also analyzes how the heart changes during continuous, intense physical exercise.

The Barnaclinic+ Sports Cardiology Unit employs a multi-disciplinary group of highly-experienced, internationally renowned cardiologists (Cardioesport Group) dedicated to diagnosing heart diseases using non-invasive tests, and treating and preventing heart rate disorders, including sudden death.

The Barnaclínic+ Cardiology Unit offers patients, including children (with pediatric cardiologists) and adults, a comprehensive cardiology assessment service, focusing on assessing their cardiovascular risk to ensure sports can be enjoyed safely.

What does the comprehensive cardiology assessment involve?

  1. 1 Interview

    Our team of professionals will ask you a series of questions about your family and personal medical history and the onset of possible warning signs and symptoms.

  2. 2 Physical examination

  3. 3 Complementary tests

    • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

      This test will allow our professionals to detect diseases that could result in sudden death.

    • Stress test

      This helps our professionals detect possible heart rate or blood flow disorders that could affect normal heart function during exercise.

    • Transthoracic echocardiogram

      This will show us the morphology and function of the heart muscle and valves to rule out diseases that could put the patient at risk when practising sports.

    These tests are painless and are conducted in the same room, with protected facilities and under the supervision of very experienced personnel.

Frequently asked questions

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  • If I already know that I have a heart disease, its it worth me having a sports assessment?

    Yes. In this case, it is especially important and necessary to have an assessment. According to the underlying heart disease that you have, our team may give you personalized advice on the risks and benefits of practising sport.

  • Are children also at risk for sudden death?

    Yes. Sudden death can be due to acquired diseases but it is also sometimes due to birth defects or congenital diseases so early diagnosis may prevent a fatal outcome.

  • And if the physicians find something, what will happen?

    If an abnormality is detected during the cardiology assessment, the Barnaclínic Sports Cardiology Unit team will suggest therapeutic options to treat it and will assign you a Cardiology specialist to monitor your situation.

  • When should I have a cardiological review?

    Whenever you are about to start a sports program. It is recommended that you have an annual review if you continue with the activity.