Footballers 'should undergo regular cardiac screenings'

19 March 2012

Football authorities have been encouraged to set up a comprehensive cardiac screening programme in order to check for heart problems in footballers.

Charity group Heart UK has delivered the advice after Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed with suspected cardiac arrest in a FA Cup game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (March 17th).

The former England Under-21 ace was admitted to The Heart Attack Centre at The London Chest Hospital following the incident, with the latest reports stating that Muamba's heart condition is stable but he remains critically ill.

As a result of this incident, which developed on live television, Heart UK chief executive Jules Payne has called on every footballer to be screened on a regular basis.

By doing so, Ms Payne believes that something as serious as inherited raised cholesterol can be detected before it develops too far.

She added: "Heart UK urges the Football Association and Scottish Football Association, in collaboration with the Premier League, the Football League and SPL, to do more to protect footballers and undertake a co-ordinated and regular cardiac screening programme."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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