4th Annual Duke Sports Cardiology & Sudden Death in Athletes Symposium

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Activity Description:

The Duke Sports Cardiology and Sudden Death in Athletes Symposium has been designed to enhance learners’ knowledge and their competency to incorporate evidence-based updates in the care of athletes in order to mitigate their risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD).

Other topics will include evaluating the unique characteristics of an athlete’s heart, prescribing appropriate testing strategies and effectively interpreting test results, as well as the pros and cons of using EKG screening in athletes. In addition to case presentations by Duke faculty and fellows, effective training in and implementation of evidence-based resuscitation strategies, rapid response, and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), will also be reviewed.

The symposium format will include lectures, panel discussions and case studies, and will be relaxed and interactive.

Registration Information:

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Duke University School of Medicine
Trent Semans Center for Health Education
8 Searle Center Drive
Durham, NC 27708

Course Directors/Faculty:

James Daubert, MD
Professor of Medicine 
Director, Clinical Electrophysiology Section 
Duke University Medical Center

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the CV diseases that pose the greatest risk for athletes.
  • Integrate evidence and consensus-based screening strategies for CV disease in athletes and understand the pros and cons of including ECG testing in screening algorithms.
  • Communicate the risks of sudden cardiac death in athletes and contrast these risks to the health benefits of exercise.
  • Evaluate and manage athletes who present with CV symptoms.
  • Be familiar with the unique characteristics of an athlete’s heart, be able to select the most appropriate CV testing strategy for athletes with CV symptoms or disease, and be able to effectively interpret the test results.
  • Understand the association between athletes and atrial fibrillation.
  • Guide athletes on exercise prescription in order to minimize risks for SCD.
  • Publicize and facilitate community wide efforts to educate and train the public on rapid response, resuscitation strategies, and the use of AEDs.

Target Audience:

Electrophysiologists, cardiologists, athletic trainers, allied health professionals

Contact Information:

Christy Darnell
Tel: 919-613-0988