Pro Bodybuilder Kris Dim Undergoes Emergency Heart Surgery
Dr. Michael Scally, M.D. Offers Insight Into Kris Dim's Heart Surgery/Stroke and Discusses Anabolic Steroids and Acute Aortic Dissection
The information considered for the discussion in this article is that Kris Dim collapsed while training on June 9 and had emergency heart surgery to repair a split in his aortic valve. The surgery cited is for an acute aortic dissection (AAD) and replacement of a split aortic valve. Kris Dim also suffered an apparent stroke which resolved. There are some sites reporting that he also suffered a heart attack. There is no association, link, or otherwise known between anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) and AAD. Many are quick to suggest a link between AAS and a medical condition simply by their existence in an individual. With over one million illicit AAS users matched by an equal number of licit users the link or association would be easily discoverable. This, however, does not stop the hysteria to suggest, wildly, for a connection. A more important association and one that is well-known to most is the risk factor of a bicuspid aortic valve. Schwarzenegger underwent surgery for a bicuspid aortic valve years ago. This is a known risk factor for heart disease. The mention of a "split aortic valve" for Kris Dim makes this a strong possibility (once again, this is only conjecture and speculation).
Pro Bodybuilder Kris Dim's Stroke and Heart Surgery; Acute Aortic Dissection and Anabolic Steroids