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Stefan Struve’s Career in Danger After Enlarged Heart Diagnosis


UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve’s life and career has taken a sudden and sharp turn.

According to Tuesday’s UFC Tonight, Struve has been diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve, as well as an enlarged heart that is leaving his fighting career in jeopardy.

It was reported that Struve was in the hospital late last month. He has been given medication and been sent home to rest for eight weeks.  Struve has two leaflets in his aortic valve – the general population has three.

If the medication has not improved the situation he may have to go in for open-heart surgery. It is uncertain if the seven-footerwill ever be able to compete in MMA again.

The 25-year-old has gone 4-1 in his last five fights with two Submission of the Night bonuses and a Fight of the Night bonus along the way.

He has already racked up 13 fights in the UFC and is 25-6 overall.

Struve’s manager, Lex McMahon, told MMAfighting.com:

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 and 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.

So what do you think?

Will we ever see the “Skyscrapper” fight again? Should the talented kickboxer hang up his gloves for good?

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0 Comments to Stefan Struve’s Career in Danger After Enlarged Heart Diagnosis

  1. 757 says:

    Who cares, he sucks anyways. Good riddance

    • Silver Spider says:

      Seriously you are a little b*tch for saying that, please do society a favor and kill yourself. He is one of the best mma fighters in the heavyweight division and you are going to go and make an ignorant statement like that. He’s accomplished more in his short mma career than you will ever in your whole life!

      Get well soon Skyscraper

    • John says:

      Hey, 757? YOU’RE A WORTHLESS PIECE OF SHIT!!!! HOW ABOUT THIS…. YOU SUCK!!!! NOW GO PUT A GUN IN YOUR FUCKING MOUTH!!! GOOD RIDDANCE TO YOU; STUPID, PUNK-ASS BITCH!!!!

    • The Way Of The Dutchman says:

      I really hope this is written by someone else 757, that is a shitty comment to make.

  2. 123 says:

    757 dont be a prick all youre life.

  3. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    Whoa tap the brakes 757…Struve is an awesome real fighter. You usually aren’t like this….

  4. toto says:

    757 is a kid lol why do you guys even pay attention to a kid, would you do the same face to face? nah i think ud just laugh and call him a kiddo and walk away lol

  5. GRT 3000 says:

    shit man that’s crappy news. I like watching Struve, the kid ALWAYS shows up to ‘fight’. I hope the treatment works and he’s able to get back to what he does best.

  6. Ddddddddd says:

    That funkin sucks! Struve would tear his own heart out and throw it at the dude that stood across from him. That sucks

  7. jason says:

    Bad news for the “sky scraper” that sucks. To have to deal with that at his age. My best advice is learn something about computers. There is good money to be made there while u sit on your ass. peace and good luck and stay healthie…..

  8. Total Suckage... says:

    Strufe might not be a “top fighter”,but the guy always comes to really fight. He is one of the few fighters who go in to finish.

  9. 757 says:

    First of all I am not a kid. I say what I want and I don’t try and follow everyone else. There is and has obviously been a playful little asshole that randomly comments by using 757 and it is not me. If you read through these things you can see that. Gargoyle and a couple of others have had that happen too. Unfortunately you are calling me a little kid but you are way off. That’s what the deal is. Some little no balls no self worth POS is doing it. Whatever that’s all that can be said.

    • The Way Of The Dutchman says:

      I know it’s been done before to others including me, that’s why I didn’t go off right away and waited for you to respond.
      .
      Despite some of our differences in the past I kinda knew you wouldn’t be such an asshole.

      • 757 says:

        Thank you Dutchman. I do apologize for the past. I appreciate the support. Jay, John, Silver Spider, Toto you guys were wrong and jumped to conclusions. Wow some of you said go kill yourself even….Woah. Gargoyle wow dude you have even been a victim of it yourself.

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