The British Journal of Cardiology

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Sport and the heart

27 June 2024
Many of us understand the importance of exercise to improve not only our cardiovascular health, but health in general. Despite healthier living, cardiac-related injury or even death can occur in those who appear physically healthy, even athletes. Join Dr Gherardo Finocchiaro as he discusses the aetiology and epidemiology of sudden cardiac death, and the importance of cardiac screening, diagnosis and risk minimisation.


Gherardo Finocchiaro, Consultant Cardiologist, Inherited Cardiac Conditions and Imaging, St George’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London. Honorary Senior Lecturer, St George’s University of London

Learning objectives
  • Understand the aetiology and epidemiology of sudden cardiac death in athletes.
  • Learn the importance of cardiac screening in athletes, and the benefits and challenges posed by this method.
  • Know the differential diagnosis between athlete’s heart and cardiomyopathies.
  • Understand how to minimise risk for individuals with cardiac disease who wish to partake in sport or exercise.


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