Over the weekend on the football field, an international football player suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of a match. During EURO 2020, it was Denmark’s opening match played in Finland, the match was into its 42nd minute and midfielder Christian Eriksen was running near the left touch line and then he suddenly collapsed. Eriksen lay flat on the field, players ran towards him and medics had to double up. Eriksen’s chest had to be pumped and he was given Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation on the pitch. His teammates formed a ring around him to hide the view, some of them had their hands on their heads. One of the player had to stick his fingers in Eriksen’s mouth to ensure he does not swallow his tongue.
There was silence on television, some broadcasters cut out from the live feed. There was stadium full of people praying, teary-eyed, Eriksen was rushed to hospital and medics confirmed he suffered a cardiac arrest. The game was suspended only to start a series of questions around heart health. Eriksen is only 29 years old, he is over fit and plays, trains undergoes regular checks and surely he eats right. He has a dedicated team just to look after his health and yet he suffered a cardiac arrest and no one saw this coming. Eriksen did not even have corona virus, no infection and even that possibility is closed.
What is the heart health?
Heart is an organ about the size of your fist, it’s function is to pump blood to your body parts. The heart is at the center of what is called circulatory system, when it malfunctions and stops beating properly, the heart’s pumping system stops or is arrested which is cardiac arrest. Technically, in the case of cardiac, deaths can occur more quickly. There are some signs of cardiac arrest like chest pain, shortness of breathing, dizziness, loss of consciousness. Doctors say when it comes to cardiac arrest, a patient must receive medical help immediately because time is extremely crucial and the patient must resuscitated immediately else there is a risk of brain damage and death. They can happen because of minor blockage in the artery so the reason cannot be generalized.
Some people who are more vulnerable to heart problems like smokers, those with the sedantary lifestyle, people with high blood pressure, low potassium or magnesium or people who have family history of heart disease or history of heart attack. We must take care of heart no matter what by changing the lifestyle. America’s centers for disease control and prevention advises keeping blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar in check, it says ‘choose healthy food and drinks, keep a healthy weight and regular physical exercise’. These steps will lower your risk of a heart disease.
According to World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally, 17.9 million people die every year because of them four or five cardiovascular disease are linked to heart attack and strokes. One third of these occur in people below the age of 70. When it comes to the matters of the heart, we can never tell. stay healthy and safe.