Are you an athlete with a genetic heart condition that has been disqualified from sports? Do you have a child that loves playing sports, but was told they can no longer play due to their genetic heart disease? Know that there are options! After a full cardiac evaluation, careful consideration of all factors of playing competitive sports with a heart condition, and a meaningful and thorough discussion with their family and cardiologist, many athletes with genetic heart conditions are eventually cleared to play the sports that they love.
However, knowing the risks and deciding whether or not to play, or let your child play, sports can be frightening. Lots of factors need to be considered carefully, but there are plenty of resources to help you!
There are five important considerations athletes with genetic heart diseases, their families, and their physicians must consider before deciding to play competitive sports. These considerations are:
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