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AHA / AMSSM are creating a brand new registry to judge COVID-19, CVD in school athletes

January 16, 2021

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The American Heart Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine have created a national registry to track COVID-19 cases and CVD in NCAA athletes, according to a press release.

The new Athlete Heart Disease Results Register (ORCCA) has already collected data from more than 3,000 athletes and will support research on COVID-19 and help build a deeper knowledge base about CVD in college athletes.

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ORCCA was developed with the participation of the NCAA and more than 60 schools that are adding data to the registry.

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“There have been many high-profile cases of college and professional athletes who developed myocarditis, a dangerous inflammation of the heart, after COVID-19.” Mariell Jessup, MD, FAHA, Cardiologist and chief science and medical officer for the AHA, said in the press release. “Research and data are key to answering the ongoing debate in college sports about the safety of returning to play and guidelines for the appropriate evaluation of athletes.”

The research team is led by three primary investigators:

  • Jonathan Drezner, MD, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Center for Exercise Cardiology at the University of Washington at Seattle;
  • Kimberly Harmon, MD, Professor in the Family Medicine Division and Head of the Sports Medicine Division at the University of Washington; and
  • Aaron Baggish, MD, Director of the cardiovascular benefit program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Many college athletes are students of paint and come from communities with higher risk factors for COVID-19 complications.” Stephanie Kliethermes, PhD, Research director for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the AMSSM Collaborative Research Network, said in the press release. “This registry is an exciting and important starting point for long-term cardiac outcomes evaluation in a diverse group of athletes diagnosed with COVID-19 and other heart conditions that pose a potential health risk.”

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