The Present and Future of Sports Cardiology and Exercise

A special issue of Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease (ISSN 2308-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Epidemiology, Lifestyle, and Cardiovascular Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 310

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Department of Medical-Surgical Sciences and Biotechnologies, Sapienza University of Rome, 40100 Latina, Italy
Interests: sports cardiology; exercise; athlete’s heart; echocardiography; oxidative stress; exercise prescription; electrocardiogram
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Dear Colleagues,

The multifaceted sub-specialty of sports cardiology and exercise has gained momentum in the recent years not only for the importance of pre-participation screening in the prevention of sudden cardiac death, but also in the personalized exercise prescription as part of the clinical management of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, different populations in sports cardiology are emerging as master athletes, paediatric athletes and e-athletes, holding specific characteristics that merit attention.

This Special Issue aims at all aspects of the different sub-fields of sports cardiology and exercise. Original articles, case series and high-quality narrative reviews, systematic reviews and meta-analyses are welcome. We particularly appreciate contributions on the following topics:

  • Multimodality imaging assessment in the differential diagnosis between athlete’s heart and cardiovascular diseases;
  • Pre-participation screening of athletes’ heart;
  • Female athletes’ heart;
  • Paediatric athletes;
  • Master athletes;
  • The novelties in the evaluation and management of athletes with cardiovascular diseases;
  • Risk assessment and management for the prevention of sudden cardiac death in athletes;
  • The role of cardiovascular imaging in sports cardiology and exercise;
  • Risk stratification with cardiovascular imaging in young athletes with cardiovascular diseases;
  • Exercise prescription in patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity;
  • The emerging field of e-sports and e-athletes;
  • Cardiac rehabilitation and pre-habilitation.

Dr. Elena Cavarretta
Guest Editor

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  • sports cardiology
  • exercise
  • exercise prescription
  • electrocardiogram
  • echocardiography
  • oxidative stress
  • cardiomyopathy
  • heart valve disease
  • preventive cardiology
  • cardiac rehabilitation

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Systematic Review
The Effects of Exercise Training on Functional Capacity and Quality of Life in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review
by Amalia Athanasiou, Ourania Papazachou, Nikoletta Rovina, Serafim Nanas, Stavros Dimopoulos and Christos Kourek
J. Cardiovasc. Dev. Dis. 2024, 11(6), 161; - 22 May 2024
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation. The purpose of this systematic review is to evaluate the effectiveness of exercise training on functional capacity and quality of life (QoL) in patients with RA. We performed a search in four [...] Read more.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by chronic inflammation. The purpose of this systematic review is to evaluate the effectiveness of exercise training on functional capacity and quality of life (QoL) in patients with RA. We performed a search in four databases, selecting clinical trials that included community or outpatient exercise training programs in patients with RA. The primary outcome was functional capacity assessed by peak VO2 or the 6 min walking test, and the secondary outcome was QoL assessed by questionnaires. Seven studies were finally included, identifying a total number of 448 patients. The results of the present systematic review show a statistically significant increase in peak VO2 after exercise training in four out of seven studies. In fact, the improvement was significantly higher in two out of these four studies compared to the controls. Six out of seven studies provided data on the patients’ QoL, with five of them managing to show statistically significant improvement after exercise training, especially in pain, fatigue, vitality, and symptoms of anxiety and depression. This systematic review demonstrates the beneficial effects of exercise training on functional capacity and QoL in patients with RA. Full article
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