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kevint13 08-21-2013 04:33 AM

Statement regarding Stefan Struve's heart condition


On Tuesday's episode of UFC Tonight, it was reported that Stefan Struve has been diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve, as well an enlarged heart. Struve is currently in good spirits but is still waiting to see if he will be able to resume his promising MMA career.

Below is a detailed statement from Struve's manager Lex McMahon about Struve's condition and his future.

"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."
I really hope they are able to control this with meds and that he will be able to fight again.

kevint13 10-09-2013 07:46 PM


It's hard to call the steps of a man that stands seven feet tall baby steps, so I'll just say that the UFC's Stefan Struve is ready to take make his move back toward the Octagon.

In August, Struve received grim news when he was diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart. At that time, Struve spent a week in the hospital undergoing tests. Following the tests, physicians recommended Struve treat the condition with medication for two months, at which point they would reevaluate and determine a course of action for the UFC heavyweight.

Struve recently hit the two month mark. Struve's manager, Lex McMahon released the following statement to after Struve's follow up meeting with his doctors:

Stefan Struve recently had a follow-up visit with his doctors to determine the efficacy of the treatment protocol he had been prescribed.

During his visit, the doctors informed Stefan that the leakage back into his heart has been greatly reduced.

Additionally, his heart is not as enlarged as it was, but since it is still enlarged, they are attributing it to a condition called 'Sport Heart' or 'Athletic Heart Syndrome,' which is fairly common in athletes who train rigorously for more than one hour per day and is generally considered benign.

Stefan's doctors have cleared him to return to training so they can evaluate how he responds over the next several months.

At this time the doctors are suggesting that he continue with the medicine and do not recommend surgery.

The general prognosis for Stefan's health is very positive. Stefan is focused on returning to the Octagon as soon as he can do so safely.

Stefan wants to thank his fans, the UFC, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita for the tremendous amount of support they have provided him.
The 25-year-old Struve is 25-6 over the course of his career. He is currently 9-3 in the UFC's heavyweight division. Struve last fought at UFC on Fuel 8 where he lost to Mark Hunt via third round knockout. The loss ended Struve's four-fight winning streak. In addition to the loss that night, Struve left the Octagon with a broken jaw courtesy of Hunt's left hand.

Struve has vowed that he will do anything in his power to get back into the Octagon and fight again in the UFC.
Glad to hear that they have been able to get it controlled. Hopefully he can get back in the gym and get to fight again.

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