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NBA's Ronny Turiaf Joins Forces with Heart Group to Promote Heart Health
Date:6/9/2009

Turiaf shares personal story on how echo saved his life

WASHINGTON, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Golden State Warriors player Ronny Turiaf announced a partnership with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) at their 20th Annual Scientific Sessions in Washington, DC. During opening remarks for a session on echocardiograms for screening and prevention, Turiaf shared his own story about how echocardiography (heart ultrasound) helped to save his life.

Turiaf recently formed The Ronny Turiaf Heart 2 Heart Foundation to provide funds for children who need echocardiograms and other heart tests. The ASE Foundation provides continuing education opportunities for medical professionals and funds cutting-edge research in the field of diagnostic cardiovascular ultrasound.

"This partnership allows ASE the opportunity to reach a new audience through Ronny's celebrity status as a member of the Golden State Warriors and the NBA. Together, we will work towards a common goal of raising public awareness of the value of echocardiograms in the diagnosis and management of heart disease," said Dr. William Zoghbi, ASE president and director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Institute.

Growing up on the Caribbean Island of Martinique, Turiaf made a name for himself on the basketball court. He was drafted to the NBA in 2005 and was set to play for the Lakers until an echocardiogram showed a life-threatening heart condition - an enlarged aortic root. After undergoing open-heart surgery, he was back on the court to play the remainder of the 2005-2006 season and is now with the Golden State Warriors.

Turiaf formed his foundation and partnered with ASE to make sure that those less fortunate have access to important heart tests like echocardiograms, and that they know how to live heart healthy lives.

"This important exam changed my life," said Turiaf. "With this partnership between th
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