Cardiac Risk in the Young

Session: Debates in sports Cardiology 1

14 October

9:05 AM America/New_York

1H 35M

Debate 1: Athlete with an ICD; No way back to competition

Debate 2: Athlete with LQTS and prolonged QT interval; Treat and release


André La Gerche

Andre is a cardiologist specialising in cardiac imaging, a Future Leadership Fellow of the National Heart Foundation and a NHMRC Career Development Fellow. He completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne and 4 years of postdoctoral research studying the effect of endurance exercise on the heart at the University Hospital of Leuven, Belgium, where he is a Visiting Professor. He works as a cardiologist at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne and provides cardiology services through the Baker Institute’s Specialist Clinics. Andre is interested in the interaction between exercise and heart function and wants to develop more effective methods for studying the heart when it is being exerted during exercise. He has developed novel echocardiographic and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging methodologies for assessment of the right ventricle and pulmonary circulation during exercise. These have been applied to the assessment of heart failure, congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension and athletes. He has over 160 peer -review publications and text-book chapters including publications in Circulation and the European Heart Journal.

Elijah Behr

A consultant cardiologist at St George's Hospital, London UK. Features in 1 video on Wondr Medical. Elijah Behr generally speaks on Heart Failure and Sudden Cardiac Death.

Michael Emery

Michael Emery, MD, MS, FACC, is Co-director of the Sports Cardiology Center in the Section of Clinical Cardiology, Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. Dr. Emery holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in kinesiology/exercise physiology from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. He completed his internal medicine residency at University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI, and a fellowship in adult cardiovascular disease at Indiana University School of Medicine’s Krannert Institute of Cardiology. Dr. Emery served as senior author for the ACC sports cardiology core curriculum development and is a former course director for the ACC Care of the Athletic Heart CME conference. He contributed to the development and publication of the 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) interassociation position statement on the cardiovascular care of college student-athletes as well as the 2017 International recommendations for electrocardiographic interpretation in athletes.

Rachel Lampert

An electrophysiologist at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA. Features in 4 videos on Wondr Medical. Rachel Lampert generally speaks on Sports Cardiology and Sports Cardiology: Arrhythmias.

Sanjay Sharma

Professor Sharma specialises in inherited cardiac diseases, and has particular interests in cardiomyopathy, ethnic differences in cardiovascular disease, echocardiography and sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS). He also specialises in sports cardiology, in particular pre-participation screening in athletes and the condition known as athlete's heart. Professor Sharma qualified in 1989 from Leeds University, and consequently received cardiology training at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington and St George's Hospital, London. From 1996 to 2001 Professor Sharma was a consultant cardiologist and physician at University Hospital Lewisham. He then moved to the role of director of heart muscle diseases at King's College Hospital from 2001-2007. In 2007 he became a professor of inherited cardiac diseases in sports cardiology, before in 2010 becoming consultant cardiologist for Cardiac Risk in the Young, a charity that promotes awareness of SADs. Since 2001 Professor Sharma has been the medical director of the Virgin London Marathon, the Silverstone half-marathon, the BUPA 10k run and the Adidas Women's 5k run. He is also cardiologist for the Lawn Tennis Association, the British Rugby Union and the English Institute of Sport Congress.

Silvia Castelletti

Dr. Castelletti graduated in Medicine cum laude at the University of Pavia, where she has also passed the board examination cum laude and became a Specialist in Cardiology. She then moved to London for a fellowship in cardiomyopathies and cardiac MRI imaging at the University College of London. Currently she is a Cardiologist Consultant at the IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano of Milan in the Department of Cardiomyopathy and Cardiac Arrhythmias of Genetic Origin. Her interests include prevention of sudden cardiac death, sports cardiology, inherited cardiac diseases, genetics. She is an ESC Fellow, nucleus member of the Sports Cardiology Section of the EAPC, of the Italian Society of Sports Cardiology and of the working group of Inherited Cardiac Disorder of the Italian Society of Cardiology, board member of the ESC Committee for Young Cardiovascular Professional as representative of the YC of the ESC WG on Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases, chair of the EAPC Membership Committee, Social Media Editor of the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, ESC Social Media Editor leader