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Sports Cardiology - Tackling Heart Issues in Athletes
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD

  • Director
  • Sports Cardiology Center

Gordon Blackburn, PhD

  • Program Director
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

Athletes with established cardiovascular disease or those at risk have specific goals and objectives in mind. They want to continue to play their sport and they want to be safe. The objective of our new Sports Cardiology Center is to work with any athlete along the spectrum - professional athletes, recreational exercisers, to weekend warriors to help them achieve these goals. Together with our team of specialists, we can help them continue safely playing their sport.

Our Sports Cardiology team specializes in timely and comprehensive individual and sport-specific cardiovascular assessment, patient-centered counseling on lifestyle, prevention, nutrition and training, and advanced imaging techniques to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment plans. We use a multidisciplinary team approach to customize care for each and every patient, factoring in their age, medical history and any needed cardiovascular testing.

Our Center helps patients who have a wide variety of needs, including: abnormal sports screening pre-participation questionnaires; abnormal findings on an EKG, echocardiogram, exercise stress test; signs of heart disease found during a routine exam (such as a murmur); new onset symptoms with training or during competition (such as dizziness/syncope, chest discomfort, shortness of breath or palpitations); advice on regaining athletic performance after a medical or surgical treatment or clearance to return-to-play after an event or treatment, just to name a few.

Take advantage of this opportunity to have your questions answered in a secure online setting with cardiologist Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD who is the director of our new Sports Cardiology Center and exercise physiologist Gordon Blackburn, PhD.

Dermot Phelan, MD, PhD is a staff cardiologist and director of the Cleveland Clinic Sports Cardiology Center. Dr. Phelan attended medical school at the University College of Dublin in Ireland and completed his residencies at Royal North Shore Hospital in Australia and Saint Vincent's Hospital in Dublin. He completed several fellowships and his doctorate at various hospitals throughout Dublin and his final fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in advanced cardiovascular imaging before coming on staff at Cleveland Clinic full time. Dr. Phelan also is one of the cardiologists who participates in the NFL Player Care Foundation’s Healthy Body and Mind Program, which offers free heart and urological screenings to retired players nationwide. His specialty interests include: cardiac care in athletes, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathy and cardiovascular imaging.

Gordon Blackburn, PhD, is the Program Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Section of Preventive Cardiology and a Staff Member of the Cardiology Department in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is certified as a Preventive/Rehabilitative Exercise Program Director by the American College of Sports Medicine. His specialty interests include cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, cardiovascular risk factor modification and graded exercise testing.

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