Eriksen is going to have a defibrillator implanted: what is it for? What consequences?


Published on 17 / / 2001

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Christian Eriksen, victim of cardiac arrest in the middle of the Denmark-Finland match, is going to have a cardiac defibrillator implanted. How’s it going ? What consequences?

Since his evacuation from the Finland-Denmark match, the 12 last June following a sudden cardiac arrest on the pitch, everyone was waiting for news from Danish player Christian Eriksen. The next day his team had reassured that the player was out of danger, taken in time by the emergency services. This Thursday 15 June, the Federation Danish announces that Christian Eriksen is going to have a defibrillator implanted. “ After the various heart examinations undergone by Christian, he was decided that he should wear a subcutaneous defibrillator ”, explained the statement. “This device is necessary after a heart attack because of rhythm disturbances.”

What is an automatic implantable defibrillator? The implantable cardiac defibrillator also called automatic implantable defibrillator (AID) is a small box implanted under the skin. There are several types of ICD depending on the patient profile. It is used to detect and correct abnormalities in the electrical activity of the heart such as:

Ventricular tachycardia (heartbeat too fast). In this case, it sends a series of rapid pulses (anti-tachycardia pacing) or an electric shock to the heart in order to quickly restore an adequate heart rate; Bradycardia (when the heart beats too slowly). So, it acts as a pacemaker to restore a normal heart rate. Cardiomyopathy associated with a high risk of sudden cardiac death. If the heart rate is too high, the case sends an electric shock to regulate the arrhythmia. This discharge is called a “defibrillation” . This is a quick little shock of just a few seconds.

If the heart beats too slowly, the device will stimulate the heart to restore the correct frequency. of the last.

The operation to implant the defibrillator is usually done under local anesthesia, sometimes general. The surgeon makes a small incision to pass the casing under the pectoral muscle. The case (the size of which varies between 9 and 06 mm thick) will be connected to electrodes which will be placed up to the heart via a vein.

Sport not recommended for 4 weeks For the ICD electrodes to attach to the heart, it sometimes takes 4 weeks. During this period, there are important guidelines to follow, such as avoiding carrying heavy weights and avoiding sports. Normally after this period it is quite possible to resume all the usual activities.


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