Pre- Sports Preventive Cardiac Screening Program

Athens College’s Medical Services, in cooperation with the 1st Cardiology Clinic of the University of Athens, organized and implemented a Pre-Participation in Sports Cardiovascular Screening Program of student athletes this past November.

 

The program was supervised by Associate Professor of Cardiology, Dr. Gerasimos Siasos, and pediatrician /  Head of our School’s Medical Services, Dr. Antonios Makris. Other cardiologists who participated were Drs. Marina Zaromytidou, Konstantinos Zisimos, and  Evaggelos Oikonomou, as well as physician, Dr. Athina Gkoliopoulou.  They were assisted by the College’s Junior High School nurse, Ms. Anna Koliokitsou.

 

The Program, which was highly welcomed by students and parents, was completed with great success. The majority of Athens College – Psychico College 7th grade JHS students were examined; participation was optional and provided at no cost. The cardiovascular screening included a history check, blood pressure measurement, clinical cardiac evaluation and electrocardiogram, in accordance with the current Guidelines for Pre-Participation Vascular Monitoring (Child Health Institute 2015). *  All students who were examined received a detailed medical certificate.  In cases where further investigation was considered necessary, parents were contacted by telephone and appropriate instructions were given.

 

The Pre-Sports Preventive Cardiac Screening Program contributes significantly to protecting the health of students and improving the health services provided by the College to its students.  It is a unique and important step in the field of education in Greece.  The College warmly thanks the 1st Cardiology Clinic of the University of Athens and Associate Professor of Cardiology, Dr. Gerasimos Siasos, personally, for its successful completion.

 

* In accordance with Guidelines for Pre-Participation Vascular Monitoring (Child Health Institute 2015), “it is recommended that adolescents and young adults, from the age of 12 years onwards who participate in competitive sports be screened every two years, by checking family and individual history, conducting a clinical examination, measuring blood pressure and performing an electrocardiogram (ECG). Cardioechograms (ultrasounds) are not recommended as an additional screening tool for adolescents and young adults who participate in competitive sports, unless warranted otherwise by the pathological findings, clinical examination or ECG.” (http://www.ygeiapaidiou-ich.gr/parakolouthisi-tis-ygeias/elegxos-kukloforikou-susthmatos-sthn-prwtobathmia-frontida-ugeias).