The 24-year-old collapsed and went into cardiac arrest on Monday night during a game against Cincinnati.
CINCINNATI — The safety of Buffalo Bills Damar Hamlin has shown what the doctors treating him call “significant improvement over the past 24 hours,” the team announced Thursday, three days after the request. The player had a cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated on the field.
Bills said: “Although he remains in critical condition, he has demonstrated that he appears to be neurologically intact. statement. “His lungs continue to recover and he is making steady progress.”
Bills rookie winger Kaiir Elam also posted a message on his Twitter account said Hamlin “is getting better, sober and showing signs of improvement.”
The development comes as the Bills are expected to return to training on Thursday for the first time since Hamlin collapsed after his heart stopped during a tackle and was taken to the Medical Center. University of Cincinnati during the first round of the Buffalo vs Bengals game on Monday Night.
The sophomore player has spent the past two days on sedation and is listed in critical condition.
The Bills’ announcement comes as they prepare to play a home game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
What could have caused Hamlin’s cardiac arrest?
Cardiologists say it’s too soon to know what caused Hamlin’s heart to stop, but a rare type of injury called commotio cordis could be one of the culprits. Commotio cordis occurs when a hard blow to the chest causes the heart rate to vibrate, leading to sudden cardiac arrest.
Dr Rod Passman, director of the heart arrhythmia treatment center, said the condition occurs only in rare cases: when a strong blow hits the heart “in the wrong place and exactly the right place.” right time wrong time” in the heart rate cycle. study at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Heart rhythm expert Dr Mark Link of UT Southwestern Medical Center said that Commotio cordis occurs “possibly 20 times a year” and about 60 percent of those affected survive. The main worry for survivors is brain damage from lack of oxygen when the heart stops pumping, Link said. Doctors can help reduce that risk with deep sedation to give the brain a rest, he said.
Dr. Aman Chugh, a professor of cardiology at the University of Michigan, notes that strong tackles are extremely common in football and collisions with strings are extremely rare. It’s possible Hamlin had a pre-existing heart condition that caused his heart to stop, although that’s just speculation, Chugh said.
In general, underlying heart disease is the most common cause of sudden cardiac arrest, says Dr. Mariell Jessup, medical director of the American Heart Association.
“It is not uncommon to find that very fit athletes have undiagnosed heart disease even when they are young players,” she said.
According to the American Heart Association, more than 365,000 people in the United States experience sudden cardiac arrest in places other than hospitals each year. Survival depends on rapid CPR and cardiogenic shock returning to a normal rhythm, as happened with Hamlin.
“A teachable moment is learning CPR,” says Jessup.
Hamlin’s medical history has not been made public.
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