First sports cardiology centres set up across Czech Republic to detect heart disease among sportspeople

The first sports cardiology centres have been set up in the Czech Republic, specifically in Prague’s General Faculty Hospital, Třinec and Olomouc with a fourth centre specifically focused on children set up in Prague, Czech Television reported on Sunday. The aim of the centres is to focus on identifying heart diseases, which can lead to sudden tragic deaths among young sportspeople.

Tests conducted at the country’s Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) three years ago showed that close to a third of all ice hockey and rugby players have some sort of heart problem.