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Thursday, January 28, 2010 - Former NFL Players Team Up for Heart Health Screenings at BGMC

What: The NFL Player Care Foundation has partnered with the Boone Heart Institute and the Living Heart Foundation to provide retired NFL players with state-of-the-art, preventive cardiovascular testing to detect early evidence of heart and blood vessel disease. These free screenings will be facilitated by Boone Heart Institute and Broward Health Broward General Medical Center and will include a 64-slice CT scan as well as lab work, health analysis, and consultations by Dr. Jeff Boone, Boone Heart Institute staff, and Broward Health.

This is the second year that the NFL Player Care Foundation has funded this remarkable program. The heart screening program is one of four major health projects the NFL Player Care Foundation provides to former players  This mobile program has traveled across the country, receiving high praise from past participants.  Other health care projects for NFL alumni include a joint replacement program, assisted living program, and an Alzheimer’s support program.  Broward Health Broward General Medical Center is one of 14 locations nationally, and the only one in Florida to be approved by the NFL for joint replacements for athletes and former athletes.

Who: More than 45 NFL alumni players will meet at Broward Health Broward General Medical Center. Also on site will be:

·Dr. Jeffrey Boone, Boon Heart Institute, who helped design the program

·Frank Krauser, President and CEO of NFL Alumni, Inc.

·George Martin, Executive Director of NFL Alumni Association

·NFL Alumni Chapter Presidents

·Broward Health Broward General Medical Center’s medical experts

Where: Broward Health Broward General Medical Center
The Heart Center of Excellence – 1st Floor
1600 S. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida          

When: Thursday, February 4, 2010 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, February 5, 2010 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Why: The NFL Alumni and Broward Health share the same objective when it comes to heart health. Preventative measures, wellness programs, and regular evaluations are the key to a healthy heart.

According to the Center for Disease Control:

·Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States.

·It is estimated that about 47 percent of cardiac deaths occur before emergency services or transport to a hospital.

·In 2009, heart disease is projected to cost more than $ 304.6 billion, including health care services, medications, and lost productivity.

·Worldwide, coronary heart disease kills more than seven million people each year.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit, www.browardhealth.org.

The NFL Alumni is a non-profit organization composed primarily of former NFL players who have joined to advocate for key issues affecting retired players such as medical, financial and career-transition needs while also supporting youth charities.   The organization advances its mission from its national headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and an additional 30 chapters across the country.  For more information, visit www.nflalumni.org.