GHS Sports Cardiology
Providing cardiovascular care for athletes of all ages and stages
The Sports Cardiology Program (SCP) of Greenville Health System Heart & Vascular Institute is the first program of its kind in the Southeast that provides comprehensive medical care and physiological testing to all levels of athletes, recreational exercisers and highly active individuals. At the GHS Sports Cardiology Program, our goal is to keep athletes active in sports.
An athlete is a unique individual
The GHS Sports Cardiology program offers comprehensive cardiology care for athletes and physically active people of all ages, goals and abilities. Our team can help enhance athletic performance and physical fitness, prevent acute and chronic injuries and extend athletic careers. Whatever age and stage athlete you consider yourself to be – high school, collegiate, professional, masters, an aspiring pro, a weekend warrior or fitness buff – if you have experienced an unexplainable decline in performance, or want a comprehensive cardiovascular screening and advice on controlling cardiovascular risk factors, make an appointment with the GHS Sports Cardiology team of medical specialists.
GHS Sports Cardiology Program services
The Sports Cardiology Program of Greenville Health System Heart & Vascular Institute offers a large network of the Upstate’s premier cardiovascular specialists and services. Lead by Michael S. Emery, M.D., FACC, the Sports Cardiology Program gives the athlete access to the most innovative and comprehensive cardiovascular care in the Upstate. Services include:
Evaluations and screenings:
- Pre-participation athletic cardiovascular screening
- Evaluation of symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations or shortness of breath during training or competition
- Evaluation of an unexplained deterioration in performance
- Evaluation of impaired athletic performance, due to a previous medical treatment
- Clearance to continue sports participation after cardiac event or cardiovascular surgery
- Discussion of concerns about family history of cardiovascular disease
- Advice on controlling cardiovascular risk factors
- Desire for a comprehensive cardiovascular screening
- Lessen lifestyle factors that may affect the athletic heart
- Establish preventative treatment
- Receive expert advice on cardiovascular health
- Gain a deeper understanding of your heart
Return to play
General health screenings are common for athletes to participate in sports at the high school and college level. Sometimes there is a preliminary diagnosis that can sideline an athlete. A general practitioner is usually the first one to determine eligibility, but a second opinion from the GHS Sports Cardiology Program physicians can often give clearance or determine a course of treatment.
Recreational and Competitive Athletes
The GHS Sports Cardiology program can provide evaluation and services to the recreational and the master’s level competitive athlete. As we age, there is an expected decline in the body’s ability to perform at consistently high levels. However, there are potentially reversible conditions that could be impacting your performance including the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The GHS Sports Cardiology Program team can help evaluate performance and provide comprehensive cardiovascular risk stratification with the goal to keep active and competitive.
Advanced imaging techniques can help catch and treat these problems before they become major health issues. All our patients are treated with comprehensive care and backed by the Greenville Health System resources.
Michael S. Emery, M.D., FACC
Dr. Emery received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan.. He completed his fellowship in cardiology and in general and noninvasive imaging at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at IUSM. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography.
Dr. Emery has been interested in athletes and athletic performance since obtaining a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology/Human Performance prior to medical school. He works to promote the cardiovascular care of athletes as a member of the American College of Cardiology Sports and Exercise Council as well as consulting with Clemson and Furman Universities. He understands the specific physiology, pathology, and risks with sports and exercise from a cardiovascular standpoint.
Dr. Emery in the News:
Any amount of exercise will help improve your overall health, particularly cardiovascular health — even just 5 to 10 minutes of running a day, according to these findings,
July 2014 – Runners May Live Longer
This shows your biggest bang for the buck is just getting up and doing something, even if it doesn’t meet current guidelines. Even a little bit is better than zero.
Locations and Appointments
To schedule an appointment, you may self-refer by calling (864) 455-6977 or have your physician make a referral.
The GHS Sports Cardiology program is conveniently located in Greenville and Greer in the offices of Carolina Cardiology.
877-B West Faris Road
Greenville, SC 29605
Phone (864) 455-6977
Fax (864) 255-5619
315 Medical Parkway, Suite 200
Greer, SC 29650
Phone (864) 455-6977
Fax (864) 255-5619
Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm
- CDC’s fact sheets on physical activity and health
- US Department of Health and Human Services last updated recommendation on exercise
- Mayo Clinic’s heart healthy suggestions regarding diets
- The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of The National Institute of Healthhas a lot of heart healthy recipes