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    The 29-year-old Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s game against Finland at the European Championship. He is recovering in a Copenhagen hospital where the Danish soccer federation said he will be fitted with an implantable device to monitor his heart rhythm. This comes after doctors determined that Eriksen would need an ICD or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.

    In a statement, the federation said, “Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.” An ICD has a double function, the first is being a pacemaker for the heart, and the second is being able to act as a defibrillator. So, it can monitor heartbeats as well as send electrical pulses to return to a normal rhythm if necessary.

    A Netherlands defender Daley Blind still plays at the professional level with an ICD. He was fitted one in 2019 after being diagnoses with an inflamed heart muscle. Denmark’s second Euro 2020 game in on Thursday against Belgium. There will feature a minute of applause for Eriksen during the 10th minute in honor of his number 10 national team shirt.

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