Bryan Health cardiologists strive to convince athletes to play Big Ten

Bryan Health cardiologists strive to convince athletes to play Big Ten

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – One of the Big Ten’s biggest reservations about bringing the sport back this fall was the potential long-term heart effects linked to COVID-19.

He created the Big Ten Cardiology Subcommittee, made up of doctors from across the conference, including a team here in Lincoln at Bryan Health.

Dr. Mathue Baker of the Cardiology Department at Bryan Health has worked with Husker athletes for years.

He says in a typical year his patient list of varsity athlete typically tops the twenties, this year that list sits well in the hundreds.

The subcommittee is responsible for compiling cardiac data for athletes in order to meet guidelines established by the conference for athletes to obtain clearance.

“Blood tests for a protein called troponin which is a pretty sensitive marker for inflammation or heart damage,” Dr. Baker said. “We did EKGs, luckily when athletes come to campus they get EKGs, so we had a good baseline to compare it to. We did ultrasounds of …

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