|[March 02, 2013]
NFL Legends Dick Butkus and Mike Haynes Lead Charge for Health Screenings of Former NFL Players at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange
ORANGE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Pro Football Hall of Famers Dick Butkus and Mike Haynes joined
approximately 50 former NFL players for comprehensive medical screenings
today at the Dick
Butkus Heart and Vascular Screening Center at St.
Joseph Hospital. The screenings are part of a nationwide Healthy
Body and Mind Cardiovascular and Prostate Health Research Awareness
Program sponsored by the NFL Player Care Foundation and included tests
such as: coronary CT scans, EKGs, echocardiograms and prostate-specific
antigen blood tests.
NFL Legend Dick Butkus and St. Joseph Hospital cardiologist Lawrence Santora, MD, who treated the Pro Football Hall of Famer when he needed a quintuple bypass back in 2001. The two teamed in Orange (News - Alert), Calif. today (March 2) to offer free heart and prostate screenings to more than 50 former pro football players in an effort to raise awareness about the health risks. (Photo: Business Wire)
Although Butkus appeared to be a model of health on the outside, during
a coronary calcium screening in 2001, doctors discovered an alarming
buildup of calcium in the walls of his coronary arteries, putting the
former Chicago Bears linebacker at high risk for a heart attack.
"I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for that screening," said Butkus,
who some consider to bethe greatest at his position in NFL history. "It
doesn't matter how healthy you think you are - knowing your risk
factors, educating yourself about heart disease and getting regular
screenings can save your life."
St. Joseph Hospital Cardiologist Dr. Lawrence Santora, who treated
Butkus with a quintuple bypass back in 2001, said stories like his are
critical in raising awareness about the deadly disease.
"Regular heart screenings like the ones provided at today's event are
critical for adult men and women - whether you're an athlete or not,"
Santora said. "As physicians, we can't stress the importance of getting
the necessary screenings enough because, as was the case for Butkus,
they can truly mean the difference between life and death."
Recognized as one of the NFL's greatest defensive backs, Hall of Famer
Mike Haynes also attended the event to raise awareness about regular
prostate screenings. After discovering he had prostate cancer in 2008
during a routine screening that saved his life, Haynes became an
advocate of regular screenings and early detection. Haynes played for
the New England Patriots and was a starter on the Los Angeles Raiders
team that won the Super Bowl in 1983.
"Finding prostate cancer in its early stages can increase the options
and success rates for treatment," said St. Joseph Hospital Urologist Dr.
Jeffrey Kaufman, who also participated in the screening event. "Getting
regular screenings is a critical part of men's overall health and
The screenings were also sponsored by the Boone Heart Institute, the
Urology Care Foundation and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at
Morehouse School of Medicine. Click
here for more information about the Dick Butkus Heart and Vascular
Screening Center at St. Joseph Hospital.
About St. Joseph Health - St. Joseph Hospital
Founded in 1929, St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California, is a
nationally recognized, 525-bed, not-for-profit Catholic hospital
dedicated to extending the healing ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph
of Orange. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission and designated as a
Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, St. Joseph Hospital's reputation
for clinical excellence and compassionate, family-centered care draws
patients from all over the United States. This is one reason why St.
Joseph Hospital was named one of the top 10 hospitals in the Los
Angeles/Orange County area by U.S. News & World Report. With a highly
recognized 1,000-member medical staff and more than 3,800 support staff,
St. Joseph Hospital is home to more than 75 specialty programs,
including The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, the Heart and
Vascular Center and a nationally acclaimed Orthopedics program that has
been ranked among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Equally important is St. Joseph Hospital's dedication to caring for the
medically underserved through health education programs, a free-standing
medical and dental clinic, and mobile health vans. St. Joseph Hospital
depends on philanthropic support from the community to carry out its
mission. These efforts are coordinated through the St. Joseph Hospital
About The NFL Player Care Foundation
The NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) is an independent organization
dedicated to helping retired players improve their quality of life. PCF
addresses all aspects of life - medical, emotional, financial, social
and community, providing programs and assistance in each area. The
Player Care Foundation hosts 10 cardiovascular and prostate screening
events each year. PCF has screened over 2,500 retired NFL players since
its inception in 2007 and has identified numerous life threatening
medical issues that were able to be addressed immediately, saving lives.
For more information about the NFL Player Care Foundation contact Dana
Lihan at 954-639-4584 or Dana.Lihan@nflpcf.org.
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