Danish footballer Christian Eriksen to be fitted with heart starter

Danish footballer Christian Eriksen is to be fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), the Danish national football association announced on Thursday, following the midfielder’s collapse on the field at Euro 2020.

Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s game against Finland on Saturday before being resuscitated with CPR and a defibrillator.

Earlier this week, he said he felt “fine” and was staying in hospital for some examinations.

“After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD. This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythmic disturbances,” national team doctor Morten Boesen said.

“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.”

According to the British Heart Foundation, an ICD is a small battery operated device placed under the skin to monitor heart rate.

It is connected to the heart with thin wires and is able to regulate abnormal heart rhythms through electrical shocks to restore a normal heartbeat if the heart is beating chaotically and much too fast.

ICDs have been very useful in preventing sudden deaths.