Ex-NFL Players to Take Part in Heart Screenings August 18

August 15, 2007
News Office: Kristen Bole (415) 502-6397

Former National Football League players will be screened for heart disease at the UCSF Medical Center. The event is in conjunction with a national program by the Living Heart Foundation to call attention to heart disease in general and the specific cardiovascular challenges of athletes.

Cardiologists and retired NFL players, including 49ers defensive back Darryl Pollard, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Michael Merriweather and Dallas Cowboys cornerback Benny Barnes. Players will undergo a series of tests, including electrocardiograms, carotid artery ultrasounds, coronary CTA scan, blood tests and other analyses.

The Living Heart Foundation was founded by former NFL quarterback and heart surgeon Dr. Arthur "Archie" Roberts, to draw attention to the cardiovascular risks found among professional athletes, especially football players with large body mass. The results will be part of a three-year study of 1,200 former football players to examine the rate of heart disease in that population. The program also is supported by the NFL Players Association.

Media should contact Kristen Bole, UCSF News Office, (415)502-6397. On the day of the event, please call cell phone (415) 608-2102.