Eriksen to be fitted with device following cardiac arrest
Recall that Eriksen collapsed to the ground shortly before half-time of the Euro 2020 Group B fixture between the Danes and Finland in Copenhagen.
Christian Eriksen was given emergency CPR on the pitch and was later rushed to Rigshospitalet, a hospital near the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.
Morten Boesen, Denmark team doctor said Eriksen was “gone”, but swift treatment on the field of play and by hospital staff meant the midfielder was stabilized, and he was later able to send his greetings to team-mates.
Providing an update on Thursday morning, Boesen said: “After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter). This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.
What is an ICD?
According to the British Heart Foundation, an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is a small device that can treat people with dangerously abnormal heart rhythms.
It sends electrical pulses to regulate these rhythms, especially those that could be dangerous and cause a cardiac arrest.
If an ICD notices a dangerous heart rhythm it can deliver one or more of the following treatments:
- Pacing – a series of low-voltage electrical impulses (paced beats) at a fast rate to try and correct the heart rhythm.
- Cardioversion – one or more small electric shocks to try and restore the heart to a normal rhythm.
- Defibrillation – one or more larger electric shocks to try and restore the heart to a normal rhythm.
“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.
Eriksen’s former Ajax team-mate Daley Blind, who is representing the Netherlands at Euro 2020, has also been fitted with an ICD after being diagnosed with heart muscle inflammation in 2019.