Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle that can reduce the heart's ability to pump and cause rapid or abnormal heart rhythms. Severe myocarditis weakens the heart so that the rest of the body doesn't get enough blood.
Clots can form in the heart, causing a stroke or heart attack. It is a particularly serious problem for athletes as it damages and destroys the cells of one of the most important organs for competitive activity. Pedro Obiang, who currently plays as a midfielder for the Serie A club Sassuolo and the Equatorial Guinea national team, is now unsure whether he will ever return to soccer due to myocarditis, possibly caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.
Obiang received the COVID-19 vaccine in July. Shortly thereafter he was hospitalized for heart problems. He was discharged after 10 days, but he will not be able to play football for a minimum of 6 months. A doctor, who prefers to remain anonymous, has confirmed that the player has been diagnosed with myocarditis.
Obiang wanted to thank his fans with a long message after his reminder: "Thank you for all the love received, it was not an easy time but I maintain the same illusion as when I was a child. At the moment I am fine, I have been well looked after.
from all the professionals of the Modena hospital where they kept me in a good mood. Then I have to thank Doctor Pecci. I want to thank the company for the patience and seriousness, for the respect they have shown me in this difficult moment.
fans, who make this profession more than just a sport. I will return all that love on the pitch. Thank you, Pedro. "
At the age of 28-year-old, Emil Palsson was in danger of dying on the pitch during a match in the second division of Norwegian Soccer.
He went into cardiac arrest, fainting and collapsing under the eyes of his teammates. The heart of the Icelandic midfielder stopped for a moment, but was revived thanks to the timely help of the medical staff on the sidelines.
Palsson was then flown to a nearby hospital for further treatment and under close medical supervision. The case of the Icelandic midfielder joins other news that in the last few hours have turned the spotlight on the physical conditions and health of the players, after that happend at Euro 2020 to Christian Erikseen and some weeks ago to Sergio Aguero.
Shortly after the incident, the club said: "Emil Palsson suffered cardiac arrest in the 12th minute of play. Palsson was successfully resuscitated and then flown to Haukeland Hospital for further examination and treatment."
"Palsson is alive and being examined by the best at Haukeland Hospital. There will probably be no further information tonight. I expect we will know more tomorrow morning," Sogndal event manager Inge Heggestad told VG newspaper.