6 keys to understanding Kun Agüero’s cardiac arrhythmia

Cardiac arrhythmia is not a disease but a variety of rhythm and electrical conduction disorders in the heart (EFE / Enric Fontcuberta) (Enric Fontcuberta /)

The expectation about the imminent announcement of Sergio Kun Agüero Regarding his professional future, he shocks the world of football.

“On Wednesday there is a ceremony where Kun Agüero will announce that he is retiring from football”, said the journalist Emilio Pérez de Rozas in the program “A Diario” on Radio Marca. The 33-year-old Argentine has been off the court for 44 days, after being diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia.

The Barcelona forward had to receive medical assistance on October 30 on the field of play after complaining about a severe chest pain and dizziness during his team’s 1-1 draw with Alavés and had to be hospitalized. The Catalan club announced days later that Agüero was discarded from the campus for at least three months after a heart test.

Here is a review to understand what Kun Agüero’s condition is about:

1 – What is a cardiac arrhythmia

A cardiac arrhythmia is a disorder of the rate of the heart rhythm. They are not a disease in itself but a variety of rhythm and electrical conduction disorders in the heart.

Its origin and severity can be diverse: from mild arrhythmias, very minor and virtually normal in a percentage of the population, to those that are serious and fatal such as ventricular fibrillation, better known as sudden death.

2- Atrial (benign) or ventricular (malignant) arrhythmias

The 33-year-old Argentine has been out of court for 44 days, after being diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia (REUTERS / Albert Gea)
The 33-year-old Argentine has been off the court for 44 days, after being diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia (REUTERS / Albert Gea) (ALBERT GEA /)

The cardiologist and sports doctor Norberto Debbag (MN 51.320) explained that “arrhythmias can be classified into two large groups, they can be malignant or benign. Benign arrhythmia is the most common and the one with a low risk of death”. It affects the heart with atrial fibrillation (a rapid irregular atrial rhythm) but does not cause severe damage.

3- The severity of malignant arrhythmias

A malignant arrhythmia is one that causes structural damage to the heart. Includes ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation, and “they produce a high heart rate, beyond 250 beats per minute, and can lead to cardiac arrest. These malignant arrhythmias occur in diseased hearts that suffer from coronary disease: a patient who had a heart attack can develop this type of arrhythmias or someone who had a dilated cardiomyopathy like Diego Maradona had, these patients usually have a base disease that in the We do not know the case of Kun Agüero ”, he explained. Debbag.

4- What is the cause of the arrhythmia

We still do not know if it was a congenital cause such as it can be an alteration at the level of the sodium channels or it could also be an anomaly of the implantation of the coronary arteries ”, indicated de Debbag and clarified that the origin of Kun Agüero’s condition is not yet clear.

As a hypothesis, several disorders can cause an arrhythmia, “It could be a coronary problem, but in that case they would have undergone an angioplasty or other similar intervention, It could also be linked to his 12-year-old antecedent, but we still don’t know it ”, explained the specialist.

Arrhythmias in athletes could be more or less dangerous and can be life-threatening to a greater or lesser extent. But nevertheless, they are all important considering the level of effort your heart puts under and the physical demand that the body has in this case of a soccer player during a match”, He explained to Infobae, the cardiologist and head of the Coronary and Hospitalization Unit of the ICBA Instituto Cardiovascular, Juan Pablo Costabel (MN 119,403).

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Ventricular arrhythmias are less well tolerated and can put the athlete’s life in imminent danger (Facebook FC Barcelona)

5 – Can it be linked to a post COVID symptom?

During January, the Argentine soccer player had been isolated, first because he was in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 and then because he himself had contracted the disease.

“Whether or not this episode is related to COVID is a good question to ask. It is known that there is a relationship between this type of arrhythmias and the coronavirus“Said the doctor Costabel and also evaluated that “if a person has COVID, the infection could have irritated a possible old arrhythmia, or it could be that it is naturally ‘off’ for 20 years and reactivates”.

6 – How it affects an athlete’s career

In relation to the forward’s future, after the electrophysiological treatment that the player began in November, a hiatus of at least 3 months of observation, testing and probably use of antiarrhythmic medication to find out whether or not he will return to playing professional soccer.

Medical evaluation is essential to know if this heart disorder can affect your sports performance. If it were a benign arrhythmiaWith controls and treatment, high performance sports can be practiced. If it were evil, the picture changes completely, because it is not advisable to carry out great physical efforts.

The more benign arrhythmias require pharmacological treatments in some cases and in others what is done is an ablation procedure, this is a cauterization of the inner surface of the heart where the arrhythmia originates. That cures some and reduces the number of events in others “, described Costabel, adding:”Then there are ventricular arrhythmias, which are worse tolerated and can be life-threatening., such as the one suffered by the Danish player Christian Eriksen during a Eurocup match in the middle of the year, which further restrict sports practice ”.


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