Columbia's experts in the field of Sports Cardiology have earned national recognition for their clinical activities and research relating to the cardiac care of athletes. Our Sports Cardiology team has published one of the largest echocardiographic studies to date characterizing the athlete's heart in elite American athletes and have authored chapters and co-edited the 2021 textbook in the field, Sports Cardiology: Care of the Athletic Heart from the Clinic to the Sidelines.
- Dr. David J Engel (Director, Sports Cardiology Program)
- Dr. Sonia Tolani
- Dr. Allan Schwartz
- Dr. Shunichi Homma
Comprehensive Care for Athletes
We provide expedited and comprehensive evaluations and assessments of athletes for the purposes of evaluating potential cardiac symptoms, performing pre-participation cardiac examinations, performing and reviewing cardiac testing, and managing existing cardiovascular conditions. A major focus of our program is to provide assistance in the detection and management of cardiac conditions that could predispose an athlete to an exercise-triggered cardiac emergency as well as to also properly and comprehensively assess an athlete's cardiac status to help minimize, when able, unnecessary disqualifications from competition and delays in return to play.
Services we provide:
- Pre-participation cardiovascular examinations and assessments
- Stress testing
- 24-hour and extended cardiac monitoring
- Cardiac MRI
- Laboratory and genetic testing