Hearts 'race' for the Cambridge University Boat Club at Progress

March 2012

Sudden death in sport is a profoundly sad event. Surprisingly it also affects elite athletes, who are often thought to be the most healthy.

One way of reducing the risk is by screening the heart for a variety of relatively rare conditions. Dr Leonard Shapiro, a consultant cardiologist at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, examined the Cambridge University Boat Club (CUBC) team for such conditions this January at Progress, The Cambridge Centre for Health and Performance.

Each rower underwent an ECG and Echocardiogram and Dr Shapiro was pleased to say that all were very healthy.

While most young athletes are fit enough to handle rigorous activities like rowing, even the healthiest of them may have an undetected cardiovascular condition, which can be detected by these particular tests.

“Progress is very well equipped and is a very professional centre. The service that Progress offers is an excellent and exciting new development for athletes within Cambridge and the surrounding areas.”

Progress, The Cambridge Centre for Health and Performance offers a wide range of treatments and services for screening athletes, elite sports training programmes, improving performance and rehabilitation following injury.

For further information or images, please contact Sophie Hudson at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital:
p: 01223 266933
e: sophie.hudson@spirehealthcare.com