• Heart Disease and Sudden Cardiac Death in Sport

    Listen to Dr David Bolzonello on SEN last week talking to Paul Coburn and Daniel Hartford about heart issues and emergency management on the sporting field.

    Click for full Audio ‘Fit and Well for half time’) 

     A Summary of this talk can be found below:

    • Exercise is good for the heart. Sport is good for the individual and the community. Young people do not need a medical check-up unless they are participating in high level elite talent programs (generally considered as more than 6 hours of structured training a week).

    • The benefits of exercise far outweigh risk of heart problems to an individual with no known risk factors as below.

    • However people, irrespective of age, to whom the following applies should see a Sport and Exercise Physician or experienced Sports Doctor for primary assessment and possibly referral to a specialist cardiologist to determine fitness to participate in competitive sport or intense exercise or training:

    -Those who have a family history of sudden death  under the age of 50, heart conditions such as cardiomyopathy or heart electrical / rhythm conditions.

    -Those who have the following symptoms when participating in exercise; dizziness or light headedness , fainting or collapse, unusual shortness of breath or tiredness, chest pain, neck, jaw or arm pain; palpitations of the heart or an irregular heart beat*, any other known heart condition or presence of a murmur.

    -Adults who after a long period of inactivity plan to take up an exercise program and: