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Semmelweis Sport - Complex Cardiovascular Screening of Elite, Recreational, Young and Master Athletes (NCT03025737)

National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH) of Hungary (K 120277).
The aim of the present proposal is to investigate the development of distinct morphological, functional, biochemical and molecular aspects of short- and long-term sport-induced changes in the heart, to get a better understanding on the (patho)physiology of athlete's heart. The main goal of our research is to deepen our knowledge on the proper differentiation between beneficial (physiological) and harmful (pathological) consequences of professional sport, thereby effectively preventing potential cardiovascular complications of athletes.
Ages eligible for Study
12 Years and older
Genders eligible for Study
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Inclusion Criteria:
  • age
  • no known cardiovascular disease
  • history of sport activity (athletes)
  • no history of competitive sport (controls)
Exclusion Criteria:
  • History of known relevant cardiac disease (including cardiomyopathies)
  • Contraindication to MRI or cardiopulmonary exercise testing

1. Sport specific questionnaire, patient history and physical examinations - In our detailed questionnaire, specific information is collected about quantity and quality of training, personal and family history and presence of sport specific and general symptoms.

2. Laboratory biochemical examination - Besides the regular routine laboratory parameters, several specific parameters associated with physical exercise are planned to be measured, such as cardiac biomarkers.

3. 12-lead ECG - Resting standard 12-lead digital ECG will be recorded. Extended analysis will be performed according to the latest recommendations.

4. Holter ECG - 24 hour Holter ECG will be recorded. Extended Holter ECG analysis will be performed.

5. Detailed echocardiography

6. Detailed CMR examination

7. Body composition analysis - With a sophisticated bio-electrical impedance analysis, comprehensive whole body composition and hydration analysis will be performed.

8. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing - Sport specific protocols will be used on both treadmill and bike ergometers.

1 locations

Hungary (1)
  • Heart and Vascular Center, Semmelweis University
    Budapest, Hungary, 1122
Observational Patient Registry
31 December, 2016
17 January, 2017
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