Although it’s rare for a seemingly healthy athlete to experience a life-threatening heart problem while playing a sport, it can happen.
The sports cardiology team at the Heart Institute has deep expertise in diagnosing and treating serious heart problems that often go undetected. Our personalized treatment plan keeps you safe while you’re on the move.
Advanced heart care for all athletes at Lehigh Valley Heart Institute
Whether you play for fun or competitively, our sports cardiology program offers you:
Dedicated heart and sports specialists: Sports cardiologist Matthew W. Martinez, MD, leads our care team. He completed his training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
Integrated care approach: We treat your heart as well as the rest of your body. In our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Program, you receive expert care from exercise physiologists, physical therapists, nutritionists and other sports medicine specialists.
We use the latest heart imaging technology to diagnose potential heart problems in athletes, including:
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM): Thickened heart muscle and leaky mitral valve
- Long QT syndrome: Sudden, uncontrollable changes in heart rhythm (arrhythmia) brought on by exercise
- Marfan syndrome: An inherited connective tissue disorder that affects the heart and blood vessels
Complete heart therapies
As one of the state’s largest heart institutes, we offer a range of heart therapies including: