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During a match in the European Football Championship between Denmark and Finland last Saturday,the player Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of the match. One of his [...]


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Let’s take the example of the footballer Christian Eriksen to illustrate our point.

During a match in the European Football Championship between Denmark and Finland last Saturday,
the player Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of the match.

One of his teammates had the good reflex to position him on his side while checking that he was not choking on his tongue. This is a first aid gesture.

What was the reason for his cardiac arrest?
After spending 3 nights in hospital, the main cause of his collapse has not yet been found. However, this rare
phenomenon happens often in football.

What is cardiovascular arrest and what are the most common causes?
An abnormal heart rhythm can be a trigger for cardiovascular arrest.
There may be other abnormalities such as cardiomyopathy: a disease of the heart muscle affecting its size,
shape or thickness, which may be hereditary. Or acute myocarditis or inflammation of the heart muscle.
This occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body, depriving the brain of oxygen and
causing someone to fall unconscious and stop breathing.

Mandatory heart testing and examination to be carried out.
Footballers are required to undergo mandatory heart tests.
In the UK these tests are compulsory for young people aged 16-25 and are carried out every two years.

When the reasons are identified, they can be corrected or treated
This test will tell us a little more about the heart. However, it is not 100% sure.

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