Duke Health announced plans to expand on their Hearts of Athletes study, which looks at the impact of high-level athletic activities on the heart. The research examines COVID-19-related cardiovascular effects on athletes.
Hearts of Athletes is seeking to enroll athletes both with and without COVID-19. The goal of the study is to identify the prevalence of myocarditis, a type of heart inflammation found among some patients dealing with COVID-19, and then determine signs and symptoms of the heart condition that would aid accurate diagnoses.
NCAA, professional, and Olympic athletes are eligible candidates for the study; participants will answer daily survey questions on their smartphones for 30 days via the Deloitte platform, which runs on Amazon Web Services. The athletes will also submit anonymized cardiac imaging for review.
“Even before COVID, we did not have enough information about how the hearts of elite athletes might be different than other healthy people,” said Dr. Manesh Patel, study lead and chief of the Division of Cardiology and the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Duke University Medical School. “Now with COVID and its potential impact on the heart, it’s more important than ever to understand whether athletes face unique risks or greater protections based on their cardiovascular features.”