During high intensity physical activity, your heart rate and blood pressure can rise significantly. As a result, our cardiovascular system can undergo adaptive changes, including thickening of the heart muscle and increase in size.
Similar changes can also be seen as a result of disease and it is important to be able to distinguish the two. A sports cardiologist has training to help determine if changes are related to exercise or disease. We can also help address any cardiovascular issues that may develop in athletes.
Sports Cardiology Services
The UC San Diego Health sports cardiology program was set up to help evaluate athletes and highly active individuals (16 year and older) with heart-related issues. In our clinic we see athletes with symptoms attributable to the heart, those with a known cardiac diagnosis, or individuals who want an evaluation prior to starting an exercise program.
Our goal is to ultimately allow all athletes to continue to safely participate in the sport of their choice.
Conditions the cardiology sports clinic can help resolve or evaluate include:
- Family history of heart disease or sudden cardiac death.
- Any concerning symptom during exercise or rest, or decline in performance.
- Abnormal initial sports screening.
- Abnormal routine physical exam done during sports screening.
- Abnormal EKG, echocardiogram or exercise stress test.
- Management of any prior diagnosed cardiac conditions, including but not limited to arrhythmias (atrial fibrillation), hypertension or any cardiomyopathy.
- Clearance to return-to-play after an illness or treatment, including COVID-19 infection.
Meet Our Sports Cardiologist
Ajit Raisinghani MD, is a board-certified cardiologist and the clinical service chief and director of the Noninvasive Imaging Lab at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He also has further training in sports cardiology. He has evaluated and taken care of professional and Olympic athletes as well individuals who participate in intense exercise.
Dr. Raisinghani works closely with the
UC San Diego Health Sports Medicine Program as well as our affiliates at San Diego Sports Medicine and Oasis MD Lifestyle Healthcare. He is an avid cyclist and understands that athletes would like to continue to participate in their sport. That will always be the goal as long as it is safe for the athlete.