Online Cardiology Days | Day 5 - November 4, 2021, 7:00 pm (CET) / 2:00 pm (EDT)

Sports Cardiology​ | Ultrasound/MRI

Don’t Drop the Ball. Avoiding Sudden Cardiac Death in Sports

Sudden cardiac death is an established problem in athletes. Cardiovascular screening allows early detection of disease. Yet, over-conservative diagnosis can unnecessarily exclude individuals from participating in sports and can damage careers. Sports cardiology is all about striking the perfect balance in promoting sports and minimizing the risk of events, whether dealing with weekend warriors or elite players.

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  • The Challenge to Identify Myocardial Pathology in Athletes- Prof. Marta Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
  • How Stress Echo Can Help in Understanding the Athlete’s Heart- Prof. Guido Pieles, London, UK
  • Live Q&A

Why should you attend?
  1. To understand the heart adaptation to exercise training
  2. To learn the added value of stress echo to differentiate cardiac adaptation and myocardial pathology in athletes
  3. To learn the key points in the differential diagnosis of myocardial pathology in athletes and non-athletes


Moderator: Prof. Frédéric Schnell, MD, PhD
Sports Cardiologist
University Hospital de Rennes
Rennes, France

Prof. Schnell is a Cardiologist and Head of the Department of Sports Medicine, University Hospital of Rennes, France. He is also a Professor of Physiology at the faculty of medicine at the University of Rennes, France.
In 2007 he obtained a degree of echocardiography. In 2009 he obtained a specialist degree in cardiology and vascular disease as well as a degree of sports cardiology. In 2012 he obtained degrees of sports medicine and cardiac imaging (CT and CMR)
His Major Research Interests are; Sports cardiology, Inherited cardiac diseases, Cardiac imaging and exercise testing.
Prof. Schnell published 52 peer reviewed papers.

Speaker: Prof. Marta Sitges, MD, PhD
Director of Cardiovascular Institute
Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Marta Sitges has been staff cardiologist since 2001 at the Cardiovascular Institute in Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, Head of Cardiac Imaging from 2013 to 2015 and Director of the Cardiovascular Institute since October 2015. Her main research interests currently consist in cardiac imaging, valvular heart disease and cardiac remodeling. She has published more than 250 peer reviewed papers and presented more than 300 lectures in National and International meetings She is the coordinator of the Sports Cardiology Group at Hospital Clinic and responsible of the program of Sports Cardiology at FC Barcelona since 2009. She is also Professor at the Medical School of the University of Barcelona where she has supervised more than 20 Degree, Master and PhD thesis

Presentation Title: The Challenge to Identify Myocardial Pathology in Athletes
The differentiation of cardiac adaptation to training and early stages of myocardial pathology is challenging. The session will elaborate on how echocardiography can help in understanding.

Speaker: Prof. Guido Pieles, FRCPCH MD, PhD, DPhil, MScHE
Consultant Adult and Paediatric Sports and Congenital Cardiologist
Institute for Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH)
London, UK

Prof. Guido Pieles is a children's and adult congenital cardiologist and leads the Sports Cardiology Clinic at the Bristol Heart Institute and Institute for Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) at University College London with expertise in inherited cardiac conditions, advanced imaging and sports and exercise cardiology.
After obtaining his medical degree at the University of Marburg/ Germany, and a DPhil at Oxford University in cardiovascular genetics he trained in children's and adult congenital cardiology/ Inherited cardiac conditions/ echocardiography at the Bristol Heart Institute and the Hospital for Sick Children Toronto.
He is an exercise expert at the European Pulmonary Vascular Disease network, member of the Association of European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology (AEPC) Sports Cardiology working group, and acts as Paediatric liaison officer at the ESC Sports cardiology Nucleus.
Prof. Pieles is a consulting sports cardiologist at Manchester United FC and visiting sports cardiologist at Aspetar and Aspire Academy Doha. He is the director of Cardiac Health & Performance Ltd., a sports cardiology consulting company.
His research centres on the development of innovative methods to monitor cardiac performance in elite athletes and young people with inherited heart disease. He is working as an internationally recognised sports cardiologist with special interest in Football cardiology.

Presentation Title: How Stress Echo Can Help in Understanding the Athlete’s Heart
Stress echo simulates how the heart behaves under exercising and can help on improving our understanding on its adaptation.

Scientific Evidence: Sports Cardiology

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Pieles et al. | Characterization of LV myocardial exercise function by 2-D strain deformation imaging in elite adolescent footballers | European Journal of Applied Physiology (2021)
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