Keeping your heart healthy is a priority — whether you're a professional athlete, weekend warrior or have a physically demanding job.

The sports cardiology team at Baptist Health brings together experts from medicine to diagnose and treat known or unknown heart conditions.

Our sports cardiologists help you perform at your best so you can keep enjoying or get back to the activities you love.

Our Approach to Sports Cardiology Care

Our Approach to Sports Cardiology Care

You want to keep moving — and we want to help. Our sports cardiology program is your one stop for comprehensive heart care.

Here, you can expect:

  • Access to the latest diagnostic tools and treatments
  • Care from specially trained cardiologists who partner with others experts across Baptist Health
  • Treatment plans tailored to fit your needs, abilities and athletic goals

What Is Sports Cardiology?

Sports cardiology is an area of heart care focused on treating athletes and active individuals who have or are at risk for heart conditions. Our team also treats tactical or occupational athletes, such as law enforcement officers.

Our experts also understand heat-related illness, the benefits of proper nutrition, and how pre-existing conditions and medications affect athletic performance.

The goal of a sports cardiologist is to diagnose any potential health problems and develop a treatment plan that keeps you safe while you remain active.

Who Benefits From Sports Cardiology Services?

Our team treats athletes and other active individuals, including firefighters, first responders, police officers and members of SWAT teams.

You may benefit from sports cardiology if you:

  • Have a personal or family history of heart disease and want to safely participate in sports or strenuous activities
  • Have heart symptoms that affect your ability to be active or play sports, including chest pain, fainting or heart palpitations 
  • Need a recovery plan to safely return to work, activities or sports after heart surgery or a heart attack

Our Sports Cardiology Program

If your health history or current symptoms have you concerned about your heart health, our sports cardiology program can help.

Our team of cardiologists, physical therapists, imaging technologists and nutritionists collaborate on your treatment to make sure you receive complete care.

How We Evaluate Sports Cardiology Concerns

A sports cardiology evaluation starts with a physical exam and consultation. During this exam, our team talks with you about your symptoms and gathers details about your active lifestyle. We also go over your personal and family history of heart disease.

After the exam, we conduct diagnostic heart testing to help us pinpoint your diagnosis. These tests may include:

How We Treat Sports Cardiology Conditions

Once we determine your diagnosis, our team works together to develop a treatment plan that’s personalized to your needs and athletic goals.

Treatments may include:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Lifestyle changes, such as stress management and diet changes
  • Medicines, such as ACE inhibitors, statins or blood thinners
  • Physical therapy 

The sports cardiology program also provides: 

  • Clearance exams for returning to sports after surgery or a heart attack
  • Community-based CPR training
  • Pre-participation exams for college and professional athletes, as well as first responders
  • Sports nutrition counseling
  • Sports performance counseling 
"It is very important to be aware of any symptoms that an athlete has that could be a sign of underlying heart disease. Things to look out for include exertional chest pain or discomfort, abnormal/disproportionate shortness of breath, fainting during exercise, and skipping/racing heart beats."

Sports Cardiology Research

At Baptist Health, our team is focused on learning more about heart conditions and treatments. If you are interested in learning more about clinical trial opportunities, talk with your doctor or check out our list of clinical trials.

Meet Our Sports Cardiology Team

Our sports cardiology medical director works alongside our expert cardiologists, physical therapists, counselors and nutritionists to diagnose and care for sports cardiology patients.

Our Locations

For your convenience, our sports cardiology team sees patients at multiple locations across Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Coral Gables

5000 University Drive Suite 3300 Coral Gables, Florida 33146


7400 SW 87 Avenue Suite 100 Miami, Florida 33173

Kendall (Baptist Hospital)

8950 N Kendall Drive Suite 507W Miami, Florida 33176

View all of our Baptist Health Heart & Vascular Care locations

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