News Release
 

September 24, 2010

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Penn Medicine - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Health System


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Retired NFL Players Team Up for Lifesaving Heart Health Screenings at Penn Medicine

Screening Results Part of National Study on NFL Players’ Cardiovascular Health

PHILADELPHIA – Research suggests that after their playing days are done, many National Football League players may face increased risks for cardiovascular disease, particularly football players with large body mass. In order to intercept  and block possible heart-health issues, more than 60 retired NFL players, including former Eagles Mike Quick and Harold Carmichael, will take part in a cardiovascular screening on September 25, 2010 at Penn Medicine’s Heart and Vascular Center.  

Held in conjunction with the Living Heart Foundation (LHF) and the NFL Player Care Foundation (funded by the NFL, NFL Players Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the NFL Alumni Association), the screenings provide retired NFL players with state-of-the-art, preventative cardiovascular testing to detect early evidence of heart and blood vessel disease.  The athletes will undergo a variety of diagnostic exams including: blood pressure screenings, body mass index (BMI) measurements, echocardiography, cardiac CT for calcium scoring, and blood testing. The results of the screenings will be part of a three-year study of 1,200 former football players to examine the rate of heart disease in that population.

WHO:

Former NFL players, Penn Medicine cardiologists, and other healthcare staff will be available for interviews.

WHERE:

Ruth & Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA  19104
Atrium Lobby http://www.pennmedicine.org/perelman/visitor_info/directions.html

WHEN:

September 25, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.