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Christian Eriksen would have gone through annual heart checks during his time at Tottenham – and nothing irregular ever showed up.
Premier League clubs do extensive medicals before players sign but they also do rigorous summer screening every year, including heart checks, blood counts and oxygen levels.
That, according to one Prem doctor, heavily suggests that in Eriksen’s case that his collapse was probably caused by a condition or, more likely, infection that is down to swelling in the muscles around the heart.
His former cardiologist Dr Sanjay Sharma has confirmed that Eriksen had no underlying heart problems during his time at Tottenham.
But St Bartholomew’s Hospital cardiologist Dr Sam Mohiddin said that Eriksen’s relatively quick recovery on the pitch means that he can make a full recovery and may not even need the lengthy rehabilitation treatment that Fabrice Muamba went through.
Christian Eriksen would have gone through annual heart checks during his time at Tottenham
Dr Mohiddin treated ex-Bolton midfielder Muamba after his terrifying heart scare at Tottenham and believes Eriksen’s could be down to an infection but also said that the Dane’s whole family will now be checked to see if there is an underlying genetic heart issue.
Dr Mohiddin said: “His circulation appears to have recovered very quickly. We then need to understand why this has happened and there are a number of cardiac conditions which may have caused this to happen.
“It’s relatively uncommon but now cardiologists all have to understand what to do about it. Some of these issues run in family, could be genetic so there may be further consequences.
“There are conditions that are not detectable by the tests and there are conditions that can cause infections of the heart muscle. I don’t see this as a failure of screening or tests but something we have to understand further.”
Former England physio Gary Lewin said: “The medical team will have gone into what we call the ‘emergency action plan.’ Every team and stadium has an action plan. All I can say is what an amazing job they all did.”