Stefan Struve cleared to return to training

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                                Stefan Struve cleared to return to training

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                    <p>In August during a routine examination, UFC&nbsp;heavyweight Stephan   Struve was diagnosed  with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart.   'Skyscraper' was born  with the condition, and it has affected him   little to date, but at 25, his future in MMA has been thrown into doubt.</p>

"I honestly don't think he ever will [fight again]," UFC president Dana White. He's got a rip in his heart. And you know, it's one of those freak things that happen to people, and I love the kid. The kid's got, no pun intended, but he's got unbelievable heart. He's tough as nails. He's the nicest guy in the world, and we're going to do everything in our power to help him through this thing."

Throughout, Struve has maintained a positive attitude. He followed a reccomended medical response to take medication for two months, and then reassess. The Dutchman met with his doctors last week, and today his manager Lex McMahon reached out to MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani with positive news.

"The doctors informed Stefan that the leakage back into his heart has been greatly reduced," said McMahon.

"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.

"At this time the doctors are suggesting that he continue with the medicine and do not recommend surgery.

"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."

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Great news, hope he goes on a tear. Phone Post

Awesome news! Looking forward to his return. All the best wishes to the Skyscraper! Phone Post

Really good news, hope to see him back competing.

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Wow i dont think anyone thought the outcome would be this positive. Looking forward to his next fight Phone Post 3.0

Awesome. Hope his training and health continues to get better. Phone Post

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Thought he was done.

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Great news for him. The prior statements about significant aortic insufficiency and a bicuspid aortic valve seem confusing now, as those are not related to athlete's heart (which is bradycardia and myocardial hypertrophy secondary to training). I hope that he is indeed in the clear and can get back to doing what he loves safely Phone Post 3.0

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Thats great. Excited to watch him come back. Phone Post 3.0

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Great news. I hope it goes well and training doesnt prove to aggravate the injury Phone Post

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