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Former NFL Players Participate in Life Saving Health Screenings at St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley

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Richard Parent, MD, general & bariatric surgeon, Bill Romanowski, former NFL linebacker, Stewart Allen, MD, interventional cardiologist, and Dr. Corey Warner, internal medicine specialist, Jesse Velderrain, a young Bronco fan.St. Helena Hospital with Living Heart Foundation (LHF) tackle heart disease and other illnesses
 
St. Helena, CA – On March 15, thirty one former National Football League players were screened for heart disease and other illnesses at St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley. The event was in partnership with a national program by the Living Heart Foundation to call attention to heart disease and the specific cardiovascular challenges of athletes. 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.

Former NFL linebacker and four-time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski, Keith Dorney, Mike Dotterer, and Eric Wright were among the group who participated on Sunday.  All players received health screenings including blood pressure, body composition, cardiac risk assessment, cholesterol, carotid ultrasounds, electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, pulmonary function, sleep apnea, orthopedic, dental screenings and more. Players also received health and wellness coaching from lifestyle medicine expert James A. Peters, MD, and education and screenings conducted by Richard Parent, MD, general and bariatric surgeon, Stewart Allen, MD, interventional cardiologist, Ryan Moore, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Jacqueline Tran, MD, neurologist, Jeanette Williams, MD, family medicine expert, and Corey Warner, MD, internal medicine specialist.

“This event was a team effort on behalf of our physicians, technicians, and staff at St. Helena Hospital. We all share a passion to help athletes to recognize their health issues and to develop a game plan to get back to optimal health,” says Dr. Steven Herber, President & CEO, St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley.

The Living Heart Foundation was founded by former NFL quarterback and heart surgeon Arthur “Archie” Roberts, MD, who hoped to draw attention to the cardiovascular risks found among professional athletes, many of which have a large body mass and may be predisposed to key risk factors for heart disease, such as hypertension, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea, diabetes, high cholesterol and enlarged hearts.

To learn more about risks of cardiovascular disease or to find a doctor, contact us at (855) 550-1870.

See Image: From left: Richard Parent, MD, general & bariatric surgeon, Bill Romanowski, former NFL linebacker, Stewart Allen, MD, interventional cardiologist, and Dr. Corey Warner, internal medicine specialist, Jesse Velderrain, a young Bronco fan.

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About St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley
St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,900 includes more than 21,200 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,200 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 170 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit www.sthelenahospitalnapavalley.org  for more information.