Ex-NFL players to take part in heart screenings at UCSF on August 18

By Kristen Bole

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.

Members of the media are invited to cover the event and interview players, their doctors and team coaches.

Saturday, August 18, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

UCSF Medical Office Building, check in at desk in main lobby
350 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco (between Hill Point and Hillway avenues)

Cardiologists and retired NFL players, including 49ers defensive back Darryl Pollard, 49ers offensive tackle William “Bubba” Paris, Hall-of-Fame Charger Ron Mix, 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 scans, blood tests and other analyses.

Media should contact Kristen Bole, UCSF News Office, 415-476-2557. On the day of the event, please call cell phone 415-608-2102.

The Living Heart Foundation was founded by former NFL quarterback and heart surgeon Arthur “Archie” Roberts, MD, after suffering a stroke, to draw attention to the cardiovascular risks found among professional athletes and football players with large body mass. The results will be part of a three-year study of heart disease among 1,200 former football players. The program also is supported by the NFL Players Association.

UCSF is a leading university that advances health worldwide by conducting advanced biomedical research, educating graduate students in the life sciences and health professions, and providing complex patient care.