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Emory holds heart screening for former NFL players

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Jennifer Johnson McEwen
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WHAT:   The Emory Heart & Vascular Center, in partnership with the non-profit health organization, Living Heart Foundation (LHF), is hosting a health screening to check for cardiovascular issues among former National Football League (NFL) players.

WHEN:    Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – 11am (media hours)

WHO: NFL screening participants, as well as Emory sports cardiologist Jonathan Kim and LHF organizers, will be available for interviews and video and photo opportunities. Former NFL players currently scheduled to attend include: Jeff Van Note, Billy “Whiteshoes” Johnson, Harvey Armstrong and others.

WHERE:   Emory-Saint Joseph’s Cardiology Clinic, 5671 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 300

MEDIA INFO: Please confirm coverage of this event no later than Friday, July 22 by contacting Jennifer Johnson at 404-727-5696 or

HOW: Each player will undergo an electrocardiogram to measure their heart’s electrical activity, echocardiogram to evaluate the structure and function of the heart, and a battery of other tests including pulmonary function tests, carotid vascular ultrasound, cholesterol and blood pressure checks, sleep apnea evaluations and body fat and BMI measurements.

MORE: The Living Heart Foundation, established in 2001, seeks to understand and improve the health of current and retired professional football players through its national health screening program. LHF has sponsored similar health screenings in numerous NFL cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Emory and LHF partnered on a previous screening in 2007.

Kim launched a cardiology clinic at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in July 2014, evaluating and treating cardiovascular conditions specific to athletes of all ages and levels. He is the first sports cardiologist within the Emory Healthcare system and the only specialist in Atlanta to establish this new type of practice.

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