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Ankara Medical Journal Screening of Cardiovascular Risks in Active Athletes within the Provincial Directorate of Youth and Sports [Ankara Med J]
Ankara Med J. 2023; 23(2): 187-200 | DOI: 10.5505/amj.2023.37980

Screening of Cardiovascular Risks in Active Athletes within the Provincial Directorate of Youth and Sports

Hasan Sakallı1, Celal Kus2, Raziye Şule Gümüştakim2, Duygu Ayhan Baser3, Ahmet Cagri Aykan4, Selçuk Akturan5
1Adıyaman Gerger District State Hospital, Adıyaman, Turkey
2Department of Family Medicine, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University School of Medicine, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey
3Department of Family Medicine, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
4Department of Cardiology, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University School of Medicine, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey
5Department of Medical Education, Karadeniz Technical University School of Medicine, Trabzon, Turkey

INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to assess the cardiovascular risks of athletes engaged in sports activities in various branches.
METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, a 20-item questionnaire including demographic information and sports history was applied to 181 athletes. In addition to physical examinations, complete blood count, biochemistry, lipid profile, TSH, T4, ECG and ECHO tests were conducted.
RESULTS: Of the athletes, 25 (13.81%) had a pathology that could impede them from doing sports was detected. When the data was examined by comparing participants with and without the pathological status, statistically significant differences were found in terms of cardiac rate, the presence of ventricular hypertrophy, T-wave, deviation in cardiac axis, HDL, LDL, calcium, ALT, diastolic blood pressure and the frequency of training per week.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The presence of conditions posing any health risk among actively engaged athletes suggests that some risky situations can be overlooked in the examinations necessary for entry into sports. Family physicians should take a full anamnesis when evaluating people who want to do sports, and accordingly carry out a detailed examination, and predicate their findings on laboratory findings.

Keywords: Athletes, cardiovascular risk, general practice, risk management, screening.

Hasan Sakallı, Celal Kus, Raziye Şule Gümüştakim, Duygu Ayhan Baser, Ahmet Cagri Aykan, Selçuk Akturan. Screening of Cardiovascular Risks in Active Athletes within the Provincial Directorate of Youth and Sports. Ankara Med J. 2023; 23(2): 187-200

Corresponding Author: Duygu Ayhan Baser, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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