José Luis Zamorano, vice president of the European Society of Cardiology and Head of Cardiology Service at the Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid, explained yesterday that the recovery of a patient who has suffered a stroke like Íker Casillas has as a key factor "a rapid treatment and cash ». According to the specialist, «the heart has three coronary arteries that embrace the heart like a pincer of ice. The infarction occurs when one of these arteries becomes completely occluded and the oxygen stops coming to a part of the heart. The nutrient stops coming and there is a necrosis, the cell death of a part of the heart. It is essential to immediately try to open the artery to restore oxygen to the heart and that the damage is as small as possible. "
A colleague of Zamorano, Dr. Antonio López Farré, a professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the Complutense University, indicated that, after the catheterization of Iker Casillas -diagnostic test done on the heart to determine if there is obstruction in a coronary artery- , it is necessary to clarify a series of variables before making predictions about the professional future of the goalkeeper. "We must know the type of heart attack, how it has been and what part of the heart has affected."
For his part, Juan Antonio Corbalán, former professional basketball player and cardiologist at the moment, believes that Iker Casillas will not play professional football again. "You can not play football with a coronary stent and much less a goalkeeper," Juan Antonio Corbalán said on Spanish Television.