Christian Eriksen to be fitted with an under-skin ‘heart starter’ after going into cardiac arrest during Euro 2020 match | World News




Denmark footballer Christian Eriksen is to be fitted with an under-skin heart starter device after suffering a cardiac arrest during his side’s opening Euro 2020 match.

The decision was made following several “different heart examinations” and Eriksen has “accepted the solution”, the national team doctor said.

The heart starter, known as an ICD, is designed to correct the rhythm of the heart if it notices a potentially dangerous pattern by issuing a number of small or larger electric shocks.

In extreme situations it can act as a defibrillator to restore the heart’s normal rhythm, according to the British Heart Foundation website.

It comes five days after the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder collapsed on the pitch while playing against Finland in Copenhagen, leaving him needing to be resuscitated and the match temporarily stopped.

Eriksen, who spent seven years with Tottenham in the Premier League, regained consciousness before being taken to hospital, where medics continue to work to identify what caused his cardiac arrest.

Providing an update on his status on Thursday, Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen said: “After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter).”



Sky News

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