Will I have to stop playing sport?


The question about whether an individual can continue to play sport after a screening depends on what we identify. If a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy or an ion channel disorder is made then, based on the European Society of Sport Cardiology and the American Bethesda Guidelines, we would recommend that that individual does not perform any type of exercise that involves moderate to severe strenuous exertion.
However, on the positive side, there are some conditions that we can diagnose such as the Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and cure so that the individual can start exercising again as normal. Minor valve disorders such as mitral valve prolapse, a bicuspid aortic valve, a small atrial septal defect should not preclude exercise but we would recommend five yearly echocardiographic follow up in those individuals.