Tom Lockyer is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a center back for Premier League club Luton Town and the Wales national team.
He recently suffered a cardiac arrest during Luton Town’s game against Bournemouth and is currently undergoing tests and scans at the hospital.
Lockyer had previously undergone heart surgery after collapsing during a game in May due to an atrial flutter, a type of heart arrhythmia.
Tom Lockyer collapse video
Lockyer suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed during a match against Bournemouth.
He was attended to by paramedics and club staff on the field before being carried off on a stretcher.
Lockyer was then taken to the hospital, where he remained in a stable condition and was described as “alert and responsive” after the incident.
He is currently undergoing tests and scans to determine the next steps for his recovery.
This is not the first time Lockyer has experienced such an incident, as he had previously collapsed during a game in May due to an atrial flutter, for which he underwent heart surgery.
The importance of a football result is not remotely commensurate with that of a human life, and everyone is hoping for the best for Lockyer’s recovery.
What is atrial flutter?
Atrial flutter is a common heart rhythm disorder characterized by a rapid and regular heartbeat in the heart’s upper chambers (atria).
It is considered a supraventricular arrhythmia and is often caused by a re-entry mechanism in the heart, leading to a fast atrial rate.
This condition is typically associated with areas of fast and slow conduction velocities, different refractory periods, and a functional core where the electrical circuit exists.
Atrial flutter is the second most common cardiac arrhythmia after atrial fibrillation and is often linked to underlying conditions such as heart failure, pulmonary disease, and heart defects.
The symptoms of atrial flutter can vary and may include palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
If left untreated, atrial flutter can lead to complications such as stroke and heart failure.
Atrial flutter can be diagnosed through an electrocardiogram, and treatment options may include addressing underlying conditions, catheter ablation, cardioversion, and medications to control the heart rhythm.
The specific type of atrial flutter can also influence the treatment approach, with typical and atypical forms requiring different interventions.