Certificate in Sports Cardiology

€ 625 7 monthly payments of € 89,3

€ 625

7 monthly payments of € 89,3

Start date

Jul 10, 2024

Level: Introductory
Delivery mode: Online-based
Duration: 4 months
Average dedication: 6/8 weekly hours
Delivered in: Spanish

Description

Sports cardiology is the field of knowledge that focuses on the detection of cardiovascular diseases that could potentially cause sudden death in athletes, and provides sports and medical counseling of athletes diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases. Over the last two decades, this subspecialty has exponentially grown, with five times more publications in that period. The increasing interest in this field of cardiology stems from several factors:

1) High training volumes have been associated with the development of atrial fibrillation and pathological remodeling of the right ventricle in genetically predisposed athletes. Understanding the factors that contribute to the development of this pathological remodeling of the atria and/or ventricles is essential for preventing -or at least slowing down- its occurrence.

2) Exercise-induced structural and electrical remodeling can simulate characteristics of heart diseases in which high-intensity exercise can cause sudden death. Over the past two decades, there has been growing development in cardiac imaging techniques, which has provided new tools in the field of sports cardiology for differential diagnosis between an athlete’s heart and a cardiomyopathy. Furthermore, the rapid evolution of technology currently allows us to monitor the heart rate and even assess electrocardiograms during sports activities, greatly improving our ability to diagnose and manage arrhythmias in elite and recreational athletes.

3) Physical training provides countless benefits to cardiovascular health in both healthy individuals and patients with cardiovascular pathology. The prescription of physical exercise in appropriate quantities allows for obtaining cardiovascular benefits associated with physical training while safeguarding the health of patients with cardiopathies.

Being clear about the “dose” of physical exercise has medical, social, and political implications, which is why this is a priority in international policies. Moreover, the economic implications are numerous, from cost reduction in cardiovascular healthcare resulting from physical exercise to the growing investment in technology associated with this field of cardiology. Regarding the existing training options, we are not aware of any certification in sports cardiology that matches the characteristics we are discussing. Annually, national and international scientific societies organize courses focused on sports cardiology that last 1 or 2 days. Additionally, different expert centers in sports cardiology offer a one-year clinical and research training program to become a sports cardiologist. The number of available positions is typically one or two people depending on the center, and the theoretical content is indirect (derived from daily clinical practice with athletes).

The European Society of Cardiology is currently developing an international examination to certify sports cardiologists internationally. This examination will be accompanied by a training program for preparation. The exam will be available in April/May 2023, but the training program is still under development. Although this certification will not be officially associated with the European Society of Cardiology, it could serve as a basis for preparing for the examination, especially for Spanish-speaking professionals.

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Definition of athletes, types of training, sports classification.
Physiological remodeling (structural and electrical) induced by exercise.
Sudden death in athletes.
Cardiovascular assessment in athletes.

ECG of the athlete.
Hypertrophy vs. hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Right ventricular dilation vs. arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy.
Left ventricular dilation vs. dilated cardiomyopathy and other phenocopies.

Ventricular arrhythmias.
Supraventricular arrhythmias.
Inherited arrhythmogenic conditions.
Management of athletes with implanted devices.
Use of new technologies in the management of athletes with arrhythmias.

Coronary artery disease.
Cardiomyopathies, myocarditis, and pericarditis.
Valvular heart diseases and arthropathy.
Congenital heart diseases: simple and complex.
Other causes of structural heart disease: doping substances and side effects.

Learn to

  • Learn the causes of sudden death in athletes and the current diagnosis strategies for early detection.
  • Understand the differences between adaptive remodeling induced by physical training and pathological remodeling underlying cardiac pathology.
  • Understand the peculiarities of diagnosing and managing structural or electrical heart disease in an athlete.
  • Know how to prescribe the appropriate exercise volume for a recreational or elite athlete affected by cardiac pathology.

Certify your skills

Thanks to our integration with remote supervision technologies, the Verified Certificate of Approval:

  • Guarantee transparency of the certification process.
  • Validates the identity of the certificate holder.
  • Accredits the acquisition of specific competencies and skills.

What does it include?

24-HOUR ACCESS TO STUDY MATERIAL, FROM ANYWHERE, ON ANY DEVICE
Accompaniment, monitoring and virtual support from an expert in the field
ACTIVITIES AND ASSESSMENTS WITH PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK
DISCUSSION FORUMS AND INTERACTION WITH COLLEAGUES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY BARÇA INNOVATION HUB AND ENDORSED BY THE CORRESPONDING INSTITUTION.
Self-assessment to measure your learning progress

Education

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7 monthly payments of € 89,3

€ 625