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Published on Aug 10, 2012
European soccer star Hedwiges Maduro has been cleared to resume play for the Spanish team, FC Sevilla, after an extensive evaluation by physicians at the Texas Heart Institute (THI) at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.
The 27-year-old elite Dutch midfielder, was recently diagnosed with a type of rare congenital coronary artery anomaly that can be associated with sudden cardiac death and team doctors restricted him from play, pending further evaluation. Maduro had only joined FC Sevilla two months ago after four years playing at Valencia. He also played for the Dutch national team.
Maduro underwent a battery of extensive testing this week at THI, under the direction of cardiologist Paolo Angelini, MD, one of the world's leading experts in the field and director of THI's Center for Coronary Artery Anomalies (CCAA).