What Is Cardiac Arrest?

Cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. A cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack (myocardial infarction), where blood flow to the still-beating heart is interrupted (as in cardiogenic shock).

Midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed and went into cardiac arrest on the soccer pitch Last month in front of thousands of horrified onlookers during a British Premier League match between Muamba's Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.Muamba's heart didn't beat again for 78 minutes, but thankfully he has since shown steady signs of improvement. 

So on Saturday Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini died Saturday after suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing on the field during a Serie B match at Pescara. He was 25. Rest in Peace Piermario Morosini. It's a sad time for Football world, my condolences to his family."

Muamba was lucky, but unfortunately Morosini wasn't that lucky; 

I'm left wondering if we are truly doing all we can to ensure our sports are as safe as they can be, not just for Olympic athletes or professionals but for younger and amateur athletes as well. Can’t they be something done to insure things likes these don't happen again?

 


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