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183849 - How to Treat quiz: Cardiology and the athlete

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This education provides an overview of some of the issues in sports cardiology and how to manage asymptomatic concerned patients who present in general practice, as well as how to stratify the risk in athletes with known coronary artery disease.

Relevance to General Practice

The cardiovascular benefits of exercise are well documented: improved blood pressure control, lowered cholesterol and increased insulin sensitivity /diabetic control. Exercise reduces coronary event rates, cardiovascular mortality and all- cause mortality. Among patients with established coronary artery disease exercise based cardiac rehabilitation following myocardial infarction reduces reinfarction, cardiac mortality and all-cause mortality.
However, vigorous exertion may acutely and transiently increase the risk of acute coronary events and sudden cardiac arrest in susceptible individuals. This risk is greatest in those who do not exercise regularly and partake in high intensity exercise with little/no training.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify those at risks of developing the ‘Athlete’s heart’.
  • Describe the ECG changes in athletes that warrant further investigation.
  • Implement cardiovascular risk stratification of veteran athletes into their practice.
  • Discuss the management of the athlete with coronary artery disease and /or elevated coronary artery calcium scores.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Complaints and concerns are managed effectively

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • The results of investigations are interpreted in the context of the patient

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Musculoskeletal and sports medicine
    183849 - How to Treat quiz: Cardiology and the athlete
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    1 hour
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