A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature found significantly more emergency heart events in adults under 40 that are caused by the COVID-19 vaccines than by SARS-CoV-2 infections. “While not establishing causal relationships, the findings raise concerns regarding vaccine-induced undetected severe cardiovascular side effects and underscore the already established causal relationship between vaccines and myocarditis, a frequent cause of unexpected cardiac arrest in young individuals,” the study authors report.1
Using a unique dataset from Israel National Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) from 2019 to 2021, the study evaluated the association between the volume of cardiac arrest (CA) and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) emergency medical services (EMS) calls in the 16–39-year-old population with potential factors including SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination rates. An increase of over 25 percent was detected in both call types during January–May 2021, compared with the years 2019–2020. The increase in CA and ACS calls starting in early January 2021 “seems to track closely the administration of 2nd dose vaccines” the study reports.2
Studies Show Link Between COVID Vaccination and Myocarditis
Cardiovascular adverse outcomes such as blood clotting, acute coronary syndrome, cardiac arrest and myocarditis have been identified as consequences of both SARS-CoV-2 infection and with a number of COVID shots currently in use. Several studies have established probable causal relationship between the mRNA and adenovirus COVID shots with myocarditis, primarily in children and young and middle-aged adults.
A study by the Ministry of Health in Israel assessed the risk of myocarditis after receiving the second dose to be between 1 in 3,000 to 1 in 6,000 in men aged 16-24 and 1 in 120,000 in men under 30. A follow-up study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) further confirmed these findings.3
Because myocardial injury and myocarditis is prevalent among patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection, and vaccine rollouts often take place within the context of community infections and other mechanisms, such as delay of care due to fear or lockdowns, it can be challenging to identify the cause of increased incidence of calls for emergency services for heart problems. The Israeli study explored how additional data sources can complement self-reporting vaccine surveillance systems to better identify trends.
The study found a robust and statistically significant association between the number of calls to the IEMS and the rates of first and second vaccine doses administered, with a higher rate of more significant adverse events following the second dose of the vaccine. There was no such association for those with SARS-CoV-2 infection. The researchers also found an increase in CA and ACS calls associated with the first shot in individuals who had previously recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Although vaccine-induced myocarditis was predominantly reported in males, the relative increases of CA and ACS events was larger in females, suggesting potential under-diagnosis or under-self-reporting of myocarditis in females.
COVID Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis More Dangerous Than COVID-Induced Myocarditis
Peter McCullough, MD, a prominent cardiologist and leader in the medical response to the COVID pandemic, states that myocarditis in young people post COVID vaccination is far more dangerous than the infection-induced version of the heart disease. He emphasizes that myocarditis following SARS-CoV-2 infections is usually mild, even “inconsequential,” and largely due to elevated levels of troponin, a type of protein found in skeletal and cardiac muscle. Conversely, he indicates that pre-clinical studies suggest that lipid nanoparticles from the COVID-19 vaccines actually go right into the heart.4
“I don’t want anybody to think that the myocarditis of a natural infection is anything like what we’re seeing with the vaccines,” Dr. McCullough stressed. “The [troponin] blood test for heart injury with the vaccine myocarditis, is 10 to 100 times higher than the troponin we see with a natural infection. It’s a totally different syndrome.” He continued, “When kids get myocarditis after the vaccine, 90 percent have to be hospitalized, they have dramatic EKG changes, chest pain, heart failure, they need an echocardiogram,” he said, adding “they need medication to prevent heart failure.”5
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1 Sun CLF, Jaffe E and Levi R. Increased emergency cardiovascular events among under-40 population in Israel during vaccine rollout and third COVID-19 wave Nature Apr 28, 2022.
4 Heine D. Top Cardiologist: Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis in Young People ‘Way More Serious’ The Tennessee Star Dec 10, 2021.