Sad news came late last night as Stefan Struve’s manager Lex McMahon released a statement regarding Struve’s recent medical condition. Seven-foot “Skyscraper” has been diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart which may require open heart surgery.
“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, which 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 two months, the doctors will have an answer on what the best treatment options are.”
Struve has continued to stay positive in the situation, saying that he would like to serve as a positive example for others suffering similar issues. The talent also went on to voice plans of his UFC return to “fulfill his dream of becoming UFC heavyweight champion.”
Stefan was last seen taking on Mark Hunt at UFC on Fuel in March. He would lose via TKO with a devastating broken jaw. We wish you a speedy recovery big guy.