Your Guide to Health – Undetected Heart Disease Leading to a Player Collapsing

It is no longer news the incident during the match Denmark vs. Finland in the rescheduled Euro 2020 games. Christian Eriksen of Denmark fell flat to the ground after receiving a throw-in from his team mate. From then on was panic, pressure, prayers, hope and belief. For several minutes the Danish medical team battled to revive the player. The players protected Eriksen from the view of spectators who were out to see a good game, but have been led to witness a player battling for his life.  With the recent development in sports, it is believed that players undergo various medical examinations prior to engaging in football. And despite the strict testing, there was no evidence of a heart disease; however, Erikson had feelings that something was wrong.

This topic shall be discussed in two parts:

  1. Undetected Heart Disease Leading to a Player Collapsing
  2. Only the Patient Feels the First Symptoms of a Heart Disease
Photo: Screenshot of Christian Eriksen Medical Attention during a Euro 2020 Match

The information provided in this series ‘Your Guide to Health’ are based, in part, on the book “Your Guide to Health” written by Dr. Clifford Russell Anderson. The following is meant as public enlightenment rather than as an alternative to engaging the services of a qualified medical professional. ‘Your Guide To Health’ is available on Amazon.

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Build up to the collapse of Christian Eriksen

It was a normal game until the point where he collapsed to the ground. Many are focused at that point, but prior to that, Eriksen may have showed signs of being deep in thought. There was a corner kick prior to the throwing where he collapsed. Eriksen appeared to be distracted from playing the corner by some twitching in his left shin. He paused for a few odd seconds before going ahead with the kick.

I personally thought this to be strange”. The game went on as normal until the incident. From the way he ‘controlled’ the ball from Maehle (No 5 shirt for Denmark) showed that it was his last gasp of consciousness. He was fully aware, but his heart could not carry on. Along with Maehle, Simon Kjaer also drew attention to the referee and the medical team as to the urgency. Simon Kjaer helped clear the airway for Eriksen.  See clips of the video below:

Analysis by UK doctor about Diagnosis of Heart Disease

An undiagnosed case as this could mean Eriksen may never play ball again. Dr. Scott Murray a leading Cardiologist laid bare the implications of the incident during the match. For a player like Christian Eriksen passing medicals at Inter Milan without their equipment detecting any issues have wider implications. Italians are the best at screening for heart disease in competitive athletes, but this case could lead to extensive investigation into the performance of his heart. See video here:

Key Takeaways:

  1. If a person can get urgent assistance to defibrillation they can survive
  2. Everyone should learn Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  3. Everyone needs to know how to offer immediate minor medical services
  4. Checking of breathing and other basic medical needs
  5. Awareness is necessary; everyone should realize that heart disease is more rampant than before

It is evident that some cases of heart disease go undetected; however, a sufferer may feel signs of bodily discomfort. Worth of note is the awareness needed of people in general whether or not they possess medical expertise or not.

References:-

  1. Christian Eriksen is unlikely to play football again and Italian law could BAN him from competing for Inter Milan if it transpires he suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 match with Finland, according to a leading NHS cardiologist – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-9680569/Christian-Eriksen-unlikely-play-football-says-NHS-expert-face-Italy-BAN.html

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