What can cause cardiac arrest like the one suffered by footballer Christian Eriksen – BBC News World

  • Philippa Roxby
  • Health Reporter, BBC

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When the heart suddenly stops beating, it is crucial to start chest compressions immediately and then deliver an electric shock with a defibrillator.

Doctors are still unclear on why the heart by Christian Eirksen suddenly stopped beating, and the search for that cause has become the priority.

The Danish footballer remains in hospital under observation and undergoing tests, after the cardiac arrest he suffered during a Eurocup match last Saturday.

“He is a 29-year-old who has been fighting for his life,” Professor Sanjay Sharma, a cardiologist and chairman of the expert committee on cardiology of the Football Association of England, told the BBC.

“Now we must try to find what actually happened.”