Christian Eriksen is set to return to Inter Milan next week to undergo medical tests which will determine the next steps in his recovery from the heart issue that caused him to collapse on the pitch during EURO 2020.
The Denmark international collapsed on the pitch during his nation’s opener with Finland on June 12 after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The 29-year-old has since been fitted with a defibrillator (ICD) but medical professionals still need to ensure he is healthy enough to play in the upcoming campaign with the Milan side.
An ICD, a device similar to a pacemaker, sends an electrical shock to the heart that restarts the organ during a cardiac arrest so it can pump blood around the body again.
If the ICD senses the heart is beating at a potentially dangerous abnormal rate, it’ll deliver an electrical shock. This helps return the heart to a normal rhythm.
Eriksen’s treatment team said that this device was necessary after his cardiac arrest due to “rhythm disturbances and to prevent another arrhythmia, an abnormal heart rhythm”.
ICDs are often used as a preventative treatment for patients thought to be at risk of cardiac arrest at some point in the future, such as those with inherited heat disorders or those who had suffered heart attacks, making their heart function severely reduced.
This means that potential risks are avoided, such as infection or the lead moving or wearing out over time, which requires extraction.
However, Eriksen’s heart condition could prevent him from playing in Serie A again, as league health and safety rules forbid players with defibrillators taking to the pitch.