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It did not turn out well: It was confirmed what they will do to Christian Eriksen in his heart

By Alexis Almosnino

It did not turn out well: It was confirmed what they will do to Christian Eriksen in his heart

The tough decision that Christian Eriksen had to make, which takes him away from the courts, but brings him closer to life.

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The Danish footballer, Christian Eriksen, will wear a defibrillator implanted in his chest to prevent him from suffering another cardiac arrest like last Saturday during the match between his team and Finland in the European Championship, as confirmed by the Danish Football Federation (DFU).

This device is a small device that can treat people with dangerously abnormal heart rhythms and sends electrical pulses to regulate abnormal heart rhythms, especially those that could be dangerous and cause cardiac arrest. “After Christian has undergone different cardiac tests, it has been decided that he should have an ICD, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. This device is necessary after a heart attack due to heart rhythm disturbances”, the Danish Federation said in a statement.

The agency confirmed that the Inter Milan footballer "has accepted the decision" and that this measure "has also been confirmed by national and international specialists, who have recommended the same treatment". The DFU, which asked for "peace and privacy" the midfielder and his family, also stressed that his doctor, Morten Boesen, had been in contact with both Eriksen and the Cardiology specialist at Rigshospitalet where he is hospitalized in order to make this decision. 

On the other hand, one of the doctors who treated him on the lawn of Copenhagen's Parken Stadium last Saturday, Jens Kleinefeld, said that only one shock was necessary to revive the 29-year-old player. “He opened his eyes 30 seconds later and I was able to talk to him. It was a very moving moment because the success rate in these types of medical emergencies is much lower on a day-to-day basis”, he told the Thursday edition of the Funke publishing house newspapers. Furthermore, he was then 99 percent certain that Eriksen would arrive at the hospital stable“.

It is usually a 'short circuit' that triggers ventricular fibrillation in a medically controlled professional athlete. The electric shock then gives the decisive impulse for the heart to beat again and the probability that the heart will stop again is minimal with someone like this, unlike normal patients, for example, with existing pathologies ”, he stressed.


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