Since Stefan Struve was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and a leaking aortic valve in August, the heavyweight has insisted he’d fight again, and now comes word that his condition has improved. After Struve was diagnosed with the condition this summer, it was feared the massive heavyweight might not fight again.
In a recent report from MMA Fighting.com, Struve’s manager Lex McMahon reported the fighter’s heart is responding well to the medication he’s been on. Here is some of what McMahon had to say in a statement he released to the outlet.
“Stefan Struve 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.”
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.
Obviously that’s great news for the Dutch fighter and all his supporters. McMahon also added that Struve has been cleared by doctors to resume training and will be re-examined in a few months. They are also no longer recommending surgery. The 25 year-old Struve (25-6) hasn’t fought since March when he was stopped by Mark Hunt.
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