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8/20/13 11:22 PM
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@UFCTonight: Report from @arielhelwani: @stefanstruve has been diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and enlarged heart. Phone Post 3.0
8/20/13 11:22 PM
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@UFCTonight: Helwani cont. Struve will be taking meds for 2 months and then they will decide what's the next course of action. His career might be over. Phone Post 3.0
8/20/13 11:23 PM
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Ouch. Hope it all works out for him.

8/20/13 11:24 PM
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damn this stinks....wish Struve all the best 

8/20/13 11:26 PM
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Well fuck.... Phone Post
8/20/13 11:27 PM
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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."
8/20/13 11:30 PM
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that is unfortunate. great guy. 

8/20/13 11:32 PM
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Damn. Best of luck to him. Phone Post
8/20/13 11:34 PM
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That sucks  ; (

8/20/13 11:34 PM
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That is so sad to hear, I wish the skyscraper all the best. Heart conditions are a serious thing, I hope he makes a full recovery. Phone Post
8/20/13 11:35 PM
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Awful news for him, hope he's able to be healthy and compete if he'd like in the future. Phone Post
8/20/13 11:36 PM
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XIITT_JBASS - That is so sad to hear, I wish the skyscraper all the best. Heart conditions are a serious thing, I hope he makes a full recovery. Phone Post
Forgot to mention - can anyone confirm if his large build has anything to do with the heart condition? Phone Post
8/20/13 11:36 PM
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That's awful. I hope he makes a full recovery and lives a long and healthy life.

Struve has always seemed like a good guy. Phone Post 3.0
8/20/13 11:36 PM
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Hope he's ok Phone Post
8/20/13 11:40 PM
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Hope he is okay..I'll be praying for him Phone Post
8/20/13 11:42 PM
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struve always brings it. A true fighter, he'll be back and better than ever.

war skyscraper!
8/20/13 11:42 PM
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I feel awful for Struve. If his career is indeed over, I'll miss watching him compete. He always came to fight. Obviously though, there is nothing more important than your health. Best of luck to Stefan. Phone Post 3.0
8/20/13 11:42 PM
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Horrible Phone Post 3.0
8/20/13 11:44 PM
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How did they find this out?

Maybe athletes have died suddenly or had to end their careers due to an enlarged heart, yet it's most often undetected.

I'm curious in his case as imagine the number of medical exams he's had as a pro fighter yet they just discovered this.
8/20/13 11:44 PM
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MRXC - The fighting is irrelevant, I wish him the best of health. His family needs him alive far longer than I need him to fight.
This. Wish him the best. Phone Post 3.0
8/20/13 11:44 PM
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Very sorry to hear that, and I hope that his treatment goes well. Bicuspid aortic valves are not that uncommon, and in a non-athlete you could expect a fairly normal life after treatment. It is a bigger deal in someone like him who does ultra high intensity physical activity for a living. Glad to hear the UFC brass talking about him being with the organization into the future.

I am surprised that he did not have a click or the diastolic murmur from his aortic insufficiency noted sooner on one of his pre-fight physicals. Phone Post 3.0
8/20/13 11:45 PM
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Thats a nightmare to happen for fighter. Wish nothing but the best for the Skyscraper. Phone Post
8/20/13 11:46 PM
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XIITT_JBASS - That is so sad to hear, I wish the skyscraper all the best. Heart conditions are a serious thing, I hope he makes a full recovery. Phone Post
Forgot to mention - can anyone confirm if his large build has anything to do with the heart condition? Phone Post

I'm pretty sure his massive build is the direct result of his heart problems.

Even though he probably isn't officially diagnosed with it, I think he probably has gigantism like Andre the Giant did.

8/20/13 11:47 PM
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XIITT_JBASS - That is so sad to hear, I wish the skyscraper all the best. Heart conditions are a serious thing, I hope he makes a full recovery. Phone Post
Forgot to mention - can anyone confirm if his large build has anything to do with the heart condition? Phone Post
Unlikely that his build is related based in the information provided. Bicuspid aortic valves are a fairly common form of congenital heart disease, and in most cases are an isolated anomaly and not part of a syndrome/association Phone Post 3.0
8/20/13 11:47 PM
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best of luck to him.... hope he can fight again Phone Post 3.0

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