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The W - Pro Wrestling - Interesting article on MVP
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    As evident by the gold around his waist, to this point United States Champion MVPs extraordinary athletic talents have earned him much success in WWE. But following the discovery of an abnormal accessory pathway in his heart (Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome) during a standard physical examination, the preservation of Porters career and more importantly, his life can be attributed to something other than his own inherent gifts: The WWE Wellness Program.

    The provisions of the WWE Wellness Program potentially saved MVPs life, said cardiologist Dr. Fred Feuerbach, who oversaw the testing for WWE. The accessory pathway is an extra electrical pathway in the heart, kind of like a short circuit. It can kick on and cause an abnormal heart rhythm, a very fast heart rhythm. It can result in a heart spontaneously beating over 200 beats per minute, and the pathway increases the risk for sudden cardiac arrest, which can equal death.

I'd say this might completely fabricated and posted just to put a positive spin on the Wellness Program in the face of all the recent publicity, but would that be just too cynical of me? With some of the stories posted on recently, who knows if this is real or not?
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Wow ... good for him. I know how scary that can be because I had surgery at age 17 for that very same condition.

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I don't think I'd go as far as 'fabricated', but that story *does feel like there's a triple helping of PR spin on it. They apparently caught the condition while doing a periodic physical exam on a contracted athlete, but that's in the company's self-interest as much as the athlete's.

PR crowing aside, I don't mind giving the E credit where due - although since it's known that no wrestler has medical coverage through the company, I wonder if they could "cut" someone if they found a condition that was unmanageable? As in "cut without any obligation to do anything to help with a major health problem"?

I also wonder what (if anything) TNA does health-maintenance wise for talent they sign to long-term deals.

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Nothing. Sonjay Dutt recently needed shoulder surgery and was told he would have to pay for it himself. And I think TNA's refusal to help with Konnan's kidney problems was what led to the bad blood between them.

To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires, and lights, in a box.-Edward R. Murrow
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