Overview

Sports Cardiology Program

The heart of an athlete beats strong, and yet athletes can have or develop heart and vascular disease just like anybody else. Whether you are a seasoned marathoner or are just beginning an intensive training program, the Northwestern Medicine Sports Cardiology Program is here to support your heart and vascular health and help you meet your performance goals.

We offer a comprehensive approach to your cardiovascular care. Our services include skilled clinical care sensitive to your needs as an athlete, advanced cardiovascular testing interpreted with athletes in mind and the latest treatments to work towards achieving cardiac health and safe athletic participation.

Different athletic types

Your heart adapts differently depending on your sport and whether you are strength or endurance oriented. Athletes of different ages and different performance goals have different needs. Your Northwestern Medicine cardiologist will help you identify what type of athlete you are. Types of athletes include:

  • A young athlete who needs pre-participation screening
  • A seasoned athlete who needs specialized guidance in managing a new or existing cardiac condition
  • An emerging athlete who needs guidance and evaluation before starting rigorous training
  • A performance athlete who would like counseling and testing to maximize performance

Comprehensive care

The Sports Cardiology Program works within the broader context of Northwestern Medicine Sports Medicine. We work closely with our colleagues in sports medicine, orthopaedic surgery, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, neurology and nutrition to help provide you with comprehensive care for all your athletic needs.


Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
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Referring Physicians
Open communication and cooperation with referring physicians is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with treating cardiovascular conditions. For physician-to-physician consultation regarding the best patient care, please contact Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).


Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, please call 847.53.HEART (534.3278).

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
For information regarding cardiovascular clinical trials:


Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, please call 630.232.0280

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
For information regarding cardiovascular clinical trials: