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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-21-2013, 05:24 AM Thread Starter
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Stefan Struve has been diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart

As reported on @ufctonight, @stefanstruve has been diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and enlarged heart. ...
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-21-2013, 05:50 AM
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I would have thought that an enlarged heart would be vital for a guy of Stefan's stature.

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A statement from his manager:

"Stefan Struve has recently been diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart and was hospitalized for a week to undergo testing to determine the best course of treatment. The doctors found that Stefan has a bicuspid aortic valve, wich means that his aortic valve only has two leaflets, instead of three.

The aortic valve regulates blood flow from the heart into the aorta, the major blood vessel that brings blood to the body. In combination with the enlarged heart it causes his heart to only pump 70 percent of the blood into the aorta and then the rest of his body, and the remaining 30 percent ends up back in the heart chamber. After consulting experts in both Holland and the United States, it was decided to treat the condition with medication for the next two months and asses the effectiveness of that treatment protocol. After those 2 months, the doctors will have an answer on what the best treatment options are.

At the direction of his doctors, Stefan has now been released from the hospital and has resumed light cardiovascular exercise. Stefan fully appreciates the significance of the condition he has been diagnosed with, however, he is optimistic about the eventual outcome and fully plans on living a long, healthy, active, happy life and eventually returning to competition in the octagon for his quest to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion.

Stefan loves the UFC and plans on being involved with company as a fighter and ambassador for years to come. Stefan wants to thank all the fans who have supported him thus far in his career as well as the UFC, Dana White, Lorenzo Fertita, Joe Silva, Dr. Jeff Davidson, the entire staff of the UFC, and his fellow fighters for affording him the opportunity to compete on the biggest stage of the sport of MMA, as well as a tremendous degree of support during this trying time. In particular Stefan wants to thank Dana White, Lorenzo Fertita, & Joe Silva for immediately getting engaged with this issue and providing Stefan access to the best possible medical care. Stefan will be sharing his experiences as he deals with this medical condition in the hopes that he can serve as a role model by helping to create awareness and inspire others to fight through adversity."
It's terrible news that he has this. But since he does, it's great news that he was diagnosed before something tragic happened. Just this year I'm sure an NFL player and a college basketball player have died of enlarged hearts.

I hope he gets healthy.

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Athletes in general have bigger hearts than non-athletes (pun not intended). The valve thing sounds serious though. I wonder how he went undiagnosed for over 20 years.

I hope he gets healthy quick.

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Damn he has had a lot of bad luck recently. Hope he gets better
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This sucks. One of my favourite fighters he is. The condition sounds career ending but apparently not. Hope all goes well with his recovery.

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After seeing Browne's highlight reel, I just asked my bro where the **** Struve has been. Sucks to hear this.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-21-2013, 08:12 AM
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This really blows for him and fighting going forward or not, I hope he recovers 100%. Heart issues are no joking matter (looking at you Hardy) and I am glad he is taking it seriously.

But how insane is it that he was fighting in the UFC where one of his valves was only giving 70% of the blood?
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Imagine if all these years it's stunted his growth?!
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Geez- all that damage from one fight with Mark Hunt?!

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