Sports Cardiology Clinic

Children with heart disease, including acquired and congenital heart conditions and cardiomyopathy, who want to participate in sports, or athletes with persistent cardiac symptoms, may be referred to the Sports Cardiology Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). CHOP’s Sports Cardiology team provides individualized care and recommendations to promote safe and effective exercise in athletes with cardiac disease. 

Who we treat

In partnership with Penn Sports Cardiology and Fitness Program, CHOP’s Sports Cardiology Clinic treats athletes in middle school, high school and college, with suspected or known cardiovascular conditions, including:

  • Children with cardiac disease who wish to safely participate in athletics
  • Children with known or suspected cardiac disease looking for a safe and fun way to become active and healthy
  • Children with persistent exercise-induced cardiac symptoms referred by another provider

Services we offer

Our multidisciplinary team includes cardiologists specializing in congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, electrophysiology, advanced cardiac imaging, exercise physiology and cardiac nutrition, and our Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology Laboratory is the largest of its kind in the country. We work together with primary cardiologists and family members to create safe and effective exercise programs that will meet our patients’ goals. Our services include:

  • Individualized risk assessment
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Nutritional support
  • Collaboration with school athletic programs

How we can help your child

We help our patients identify exercise-related goals and increase motivation to meet those goals through safe and sustainable exercise programs and activities. We provide helpful resources, including wearable devices to integrate individualized exercise programs with mobile health platforms that encourage participation and promote success. Our individualized nutrition plans will support long-term exercise programs and overall cardiovascular well-being.

Request a referral

If you are interested in an appointment at CHOP’s Sports Cardiology Clinic for your child, please ask your cardiologist to make a referral.