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Stefan Struve’s heart disorder is recovering well

Written on October 09, 2013 by Hector

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Stefan Struve’s heart condition is getting better after two months of medications

Stefan “The Skyscraper” Struve received the toughest challenge of his career last August. It was not in the form of an opponent but an ailment that threatens to end his MMA career. He was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and a bicuspid aortic valve, a condition in which there was only two leaflets in his aortic valve instead of three.

Struve was advised to take medications and then return to his doctor after two months. He visited his doctor last Wednesday and he returned with an encouraging result. His manager has provided an update on his condition in MMAfighting.com.

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.

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. He wants to thank his fans, the UFC, and Lorenzo Fertita for the tremendous amount of support they have provided him.”

Last month, Stefan has tweeted that he has no plans of quitting the sport despite of his condition:

I DON’T consider retirement as an option, it’s possible 2 come back from this & I’m gonna go for that & make it work! Just so you know

With the recent turn of events, it is likely that it will be just a matter of time before the Skyscraper fights in the cage again.

[Photos from graciemag.com]

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