SOURCE: Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI)

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI)

September 28, 2011 09:00 ET

Two-Time Super Bowl-Winning Coach Jimmy Johnson Speaks Out About Heart Disease

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Sep 28, 2011) - Coach Jimmy Johnson led the Dallas Cowboys to two Super Bowl victories and had a long and impressive career in coaching, but heart disease almost took him from the game entirely. The FOX NFL commentator is teaming up with the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) to urge Americans to know their risk for heart disease and seek prompt and proper treatment.

Several years ago, Johnson took on a new challenge when he agreed to participate in the reality television program Survivor. But a routine physical revealed he had significant blockages in two of his arteries, one of which was 90 percent obstructed. He immediately sought help from an interventional cardiologist and decided on angioplasty and stenting to restore blood flow to his heart. He also heeded the advice of his doctors and changed his lifestyle by eating better, exercising more and taking his medications. His quality of life and energy greatly improved and he lost 30 pounds. He was then ready for Survivor, and was able to realize his goal of participating in the show.

Johnson will share his story and urge others to talk with their doctors in a public service announcement (PSA) for the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the leading non-profit professional association for interventional cardiology, with more than 4,000 members worldwide. Together the partnership aims to spark conversations that lead to better heart health.

"We are thrilled to partner with Coach Johnson and hope his success story will inspire others to be proactive about their heart health," said SCAI President Christopher J. White, M.D., FSCAI. "Many people know that heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans, but they often don't realize it can be silent, with few or no symptoms. Knowing your risk and talking to your doctor can mean the difference between life and death."

To view or download :30 or :60 second PSA in broadcast quality visit the NewsInfusion page www.newsinfusion.com/events/SCAI-JimmyJohnson or visit www.seconds-count.org for more information and to learn more about the latest research, read real patients' stories and get the details on public education programs coming to your city.

About SCAI
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions is a 4,000-member professional organization representing invasive and interventional cardiologists in more than 60 nations. SCAI's mission is to promote excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine through physician education and representation, and advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care. SCAI's patient and physician education program, Seconds Count, offers comprehensive information about cardiovascular disease. For more information about SCAI and Seconds Count, visit www.scai.org or www.seconds-count.org.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Kathy Boyd David
    202-552-0789
    717-422-1181
    kbdavid@scai.org

    The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
    2400 N Street, NW, Suite 500
    Washington, DC USA 20037-1153
    (800) 992-7224
    Fax (202) 689-7224
    e-mail:
    info@scai.org
    www.scai.org

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