Pulmonary and Cardiac Infections in Athletes

Pulmonary and cardiac infections in the athlete can have a wide range of presentations and complications.

Such infections may present few problems for the training athlete, but they also have the potential to become a life-threatening condition. The team physician must be able to recognize the diagnosis, give the appropriate treatment, understand the potential complications, and ensure proper follow-up and return-to-play protocols.


Pneumonia is defined as an acute infection or inflammation of the pulmonary parenchyma. The term community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is used when a patient is ...

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