Chiefs call for heart checks
Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs have requested their players, as well as any
footballers in South Africa, to check their family history for any cases of
heart problems following Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest at the
The global footballing community was left shocked on Saturday
after Bolton's Muamba collapsed at White Hart Lane following a heart
attack during the FA Cup clash against Tottenham.
The Trotters midfielder is currently in a stable condition but remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital.
Since the incident an impetus has been put on cardiac screenings
and regular health checks by all clubs, and Amakhosi physiotherapist
Dave Milner is in full agreement.
"New players do a full medical assessment, which includes a
cardiac risk factor test. The tests include a heart stress test where a
player is put on a treadmill to see how the heart responds to fatigue
and running," he told Daily News.
"It also comes down to correct medical screening. It is never
going to be 100 percent, but we want to be close," added Milner, who
revealed X-rays of the heart and checking for proper blood flow and
pulse are amongst the normal tests performed.