Demark’s Eriksen to be fitted with defib implant after cardiac arrest

Copenhagen, Jun 17 (EFE).- Christian Eriksen is to be fitted with a defibrillator implant as a preventative measure against possible future episodes of sudden cardiac arrest, such as the one he suffered during Denmark’s opening game against Finland in the Euro 2020.

The Danish Football Association (DBU) said the decision was made following several examinations of Eriksen’s heart after his collapse on the pitch on June 12.

“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally, who all recommended the same treatment,” the DBU said in a statement.

An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a small implant inserted into the chest with wires leading into the right ventricle of the heart. In case of a sudden cardiac arrhythmia it can jolt the heart back to a normal rhythm.

It is usually used for patients at risk of sudden cardiac death.

Eriksen suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in the 42nd minute of Denmark’s opening group stage match against Finland.

The quick actions of his teammates, the referee and medics, who used a defibrillator and CPR to restart his heart, saved the midfielder’s life.

The Inter Milan player, 29, is unlikely to play football at a professional level again.EFE


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