Christian Eriksen will be fitted with an ICD heart-starting device following his cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.
The Denmark midfielder had to be resuscitated on the pitch after collapsing during the first half of his side’s 1-0 defeat to Finland on Saturday evening.
Eriksen regained consciousness before being taken to hospital, where medics continue to work to identify what caused his heart attack.
“After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD,” explained Denmark team doctor Martin Boesen on Thursday.
“This device is necessary after cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances. Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.
“We encourage everybody to give Christian and his family peace and privacy the following time.”
What is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)?
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) device is “similar to a pacemaker” and is often fitted as a “preventative treatment” for people thought to be at risk of suffering a cardiac arrest.
“It sends a larger electrical shock to the heart that essentially ‘reboots’ it to get it pumping again,” the NHS website explains.
“If the ICD senses the heart is beating at a potentially dangerous abnormal rate, it’ll deliver an electrical shock to the heart. This often helps return the heart to a normal rhythm.”
The device can usually be fitted under local anaesthetic which means the patient will be awake during the procedure, which takes around an hour.
Netherlands defender Daley Blind still plays professionally with an ICD. He had one fitted after being diagnosed with an inflamed heart muscle in 2019.
Denmark play Belgium in their second Euro 2020 game on Thursday. The game will feature a minute’s applause for Eriksen in the 10th minute in honor of his No 10 national team shirt.
Romelu Lukaku, who plays alongside Eriksen for club side Inter Milan, has revealed that Belgium’s players will join the tribute.
“After 10 minutes of the match we will put the ball in touch to applaud,” Lukaku said. “Several players from our country have played with him but we will be there to win and that is the most important.”
Belgium can advance to the round of the 16 with a victory. A win for either the Netherlands or Austria would also be enough to get through. Ukraine will face North Macedonia in Bucharest in the first match of the day. The Netherlands will take on Austria in Amsterdam in the late one.
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