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VIDEO from Medialink and Siemens: NFL Stars Stress the Importance of a Healthy Heart

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardiovascular disease once again ranks as America's number one killer, according to the American Heart Association. And none of us, not even former professional athletes, are immune. That's why Dr. Archie Roberts, a former NFL quarterback, began the Living Heart Foundation.

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LHF offers free cardiac screenings with help from sponsors, including Siemens Medical Solutions, utilizing technologies like advanced ultrasound imaging. Doctors stress that unlike so many other diseases that can progress regardless, heart disease and cardiovascular disease can be halted and slowed over time. They recommend all Americans, regardless of whether they live active or sedentary lives, undergo regular check-ups and cardiac screenings.

More than 79 million Americans suffer from some sort of heart disease, according to the latest figures from the American Heart Association. The experts say early detection and prevention can help reduce these numbers.

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