Athletes

Athletes

Your heart adapts in different ways depending on your sport, your age, your unique performance goals and whether you are strength- or endurance-focused. Athletes of different ages and different performance goals have different needs. Your cardiologist will help you identify what type of athlete you are. Types of athletes include:

Young athlete

Young athletes like you have unique cardiovascular needs, and pre-participation screening may be appropriate to evaluate for heart and/or vascular conditions that can make athletic competition dangerous. Whether you need a screening examination or have abnormal results from pre-participation screening, our team stands ready to continue the evaluation and help you weigh and understand the risks. We use the latest screening protocols and guidelines to minimize delays and diagnose quickly and accurately.

Emerging athlete

Perhaps you have a new diagnosis of high cholesterol, have recently started blood pressure medications or are recovering from a heart attack. You are eager to get into a program of physical activity, but are not sure where to start or even if it is safe. We can perform appropriate testing to check if you are ready and point you in the right direction as you embark on a lifelong journey of athletic fitness.


Master's athlete

You are 35 or older and have been running, cycling, swimming or otherwise engaged in physical activity for years or decades. Although you are still literally miles ahead of most people you know, you have had a drop in performance that is sudden or unexpected. All that training is good for your heart, but it does not immunize you from developing common cardiovascular conditions like coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation or peripheral vascular disease. We can test for the presence of cardiovascular conditions and help get you back to training and competing safely.

Elite performance athletes

You live to compete and, if you could, you would compete to live. You are looking to maximize your cardiovascular performance so you and your coach can better tailor your training to achieve your peak potential. We offer advanced testing, such as cardiopulmonary exercise testing, to help you achieve your goals.

Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the 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 the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

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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 the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

Six niche centers within the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the 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 the 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 the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making the 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 the 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: