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Christian Eriksen to be fitted with defibrillator implant following cardiac arrest.

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Christian Eriksen to be fitted with  defibrillator implant following cardiac arrest.

Christian Eriksen is to have a device fitted to ease treat abnormal heart rhythms after he experienced a cardiac arrest on Saturday during Denmark’s 1-0 loss by Finland.

Specialists have decided to fit a heart starter after Eriksen was subjected to different heart examinations.

The Danish national team doctor Morten Boesen has discussed the cardiac specialist at Rigshospitalet, the hospital where Eriksen is based, who has approved the treatment.

A heart starter, also known as an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), is a small device that regulates abnormal heart rhythms.

Thin wires attach the device, placed under the skin just below the collar bone, to the heart and observe your heart rate through electrodes.

The device is related to a pacemaker but used to restart the heart if it goes into a rhythm that cannot guarantee contraction of the ventricle.


A statement by the Danish FA read:

 “National team doctor Morten Boesen has been in contact with the cardiac specialist at Rigshospitalet and Christian Eriksen and this is the latest status.

“‘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.

“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.”

Eriksen went down in the 43rd minute of the Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland. It immediately became apparent the situation was serious and the game was delayed for over 90 minutes while the 29-year-old was assessed and treated.

After being treated by medics on the field, Eriksen was then transferred to a Copenhagen hospital where he was “stabilised”. The match was then cleared to recommence.

Having been goalless before the stoppage, the game finished 1-0 to Finland with Joel Pohjanpalo heading home to give the Fins their first win at a major competition on their debut.

On Sunday, the Danish FA established that the Inter Milan player was awake and had spoken to his teammates.

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