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NFL Linemen Predisposed to Cardiovascular Disease; Early Detection is Key to Getting and Staying Healthy
Date:1/31/2008

Tackling Heart Disease: Siemens Healthcare Kicks off Sponsorship of Living

Heart Foundation to Aid Retired NFL Players

PHOENIX, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Retired National Football League (NFL) linemen -- generally the heaviest players -- are more than twice as likely as the general population to have a syndrome that puts them at risk of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular (CV) diseases, according to a recent study by the Living Heart Foundation (LHF). Key to addressing these conditions successfully, however, is early intervention, including diagnostic health screening.

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Ultrasound is one of the most widely used and accepted forms of diagnostic imaging to evaluate and diagnose cardiovascular disease. Its most common applications include assessing diseases of the heart valves, finding abnormal blood flow patterns and detecting a thickening of the heart walls.

To help draw attention to heart disease and the specific cardiovascular challenges of athletes, Siemens today announces a year-long partnership with the Living Heart Foundation. Siemens is kicking off the sponsorship by loaning three ACUSON Sequoia(TM) ultrasound systems to LHF's annual Super Bowl CV screening event, taking place this year on Thursday, January 31 through Friday, February 1 in Scottsdale, Ariz. More than 60 former NFL players, including Paul Warfield and Marv Fleming of the 1972 undefeated Miami Dolphins, and Hall of Famers Harry Carson and Merlin Olson, will be participating in the screenings.

"Professional athletes, who often make their living related to being big and strong, tend to suffer in retirement from the side effects of being so large, including heart disease, sleep apnea, diabetes, high cholesterol and the Metabolic Syndrome," said Archie Roberts, M.D., founder and director
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