Young athletes with complaints of chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath during exercise often benefit from seeing both a cardiologist and pulmonologist. That’s because these problems can result from issues with the heart, lungs or both.

Our Cardiorespiratory Sports Clinic is made up of specialists from Cardiology and Pulmonary Medicine. It is the first of its kind in the country. Here, we address heart-lung issues in athletes who are in middle school, high school and college. Our goal is to keep them healthy and allow them to return to play as quickly and safely as possible.

When you come to the Cardiorespiratory Sports Clinic, we will:

  • Identify causes of chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath with exercise
  • Develop a treatment plan that allows for athletes to safely return to play quicker and more effectively
  • Assist in the diagnosis and treatment of young athletes who fail their pre-participation physical exam
  • Evaluate and provide a treatment plan for athletes who have symptoms that are limiting their performance 

Our focus is on youth and young adult athletes. The goals for health and performance are often unique in athletes compared to non-athletes. We use a team approach with perspectives from each of our specialties. We evaluate for any underlying health condition that could limit exercise capacity. Then we develop a plan to maximize performance.

How the Cardiorespiratory Sports Clinic Works

Both a cardiologist (heart specialist) and pulmonologist (lung specialist) review all of our clinic’s patients. Our team works together behind the scenes, discussing your child’s medical history and test results from each of their unique points of view. The doctor your child meets with in person will bring the full perspective of the Cardiorespiratory Sports Clinic team to the evaluation.

This clinic combines what would normally be two different doctor visits into one. You can avoid first seeing one doctor, then being referred to another. Instead, this clinic allows you to receive the expert input of both heart and lung specialists at one time.