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Euro 2020 | Christian Eriksen to be fitted with heart-starting device

Denmark's Christian Eriksen is to be fitted with a heart-starting device following his cardiac arrest during Denmark's 1-0 defeat to Finland at Euro 2020.

Eriksen was rushed to hospital after collapsing in the first half of the Group B contest at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium.

The 29-year-old was given emergency CPR on the pitch by medics in attempt to re-start his heart and after one shot of the defibrillator Eriksen managed to regain consciousness.

Providing an update on Thursday morning, Denmark team doctor Morten 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.

“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommended 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.

Blind who spent three years playing alongside Eriksen at Ajax from 2010-2013, revealed that he considered missing his country’s opening game after Saturday’s incident.

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 electrical shocks to try and restore the heart to a normal rhythm.

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