Opinion | Since the COVID-19 pandemic, more young people in the United States are dying of heart attacks. That’s the headline of a recent article by Maura Hohman in TODAY magazine.1 Citing a study by doctors at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, California published in the Journal of Medical Virology2 in September 2022, Hohman writes:
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, heart attack deaths across all age groups have become more common in the U.S.1
The study showed that heart attacks deaths increased across every age group, including by 29.9 percent in adults 25-44 years of age, 19.6 percent in adults 45-64 and 13.7 percent in adults 65 and older, and it attributed the deaths to SARS-CoV-2 infections that cause COVID disease. According to Susan Cheng, MD, MPH, co-author of the study and director of the Institute for Research on Healthy Aging in the Department of Cardiology at the Smidt Heart Institute, the connection between COVID and the heart attack deaths was “more than coincidental.”1 2 3 4
Dr. Cheng said:
There are a lot of things that COVID can do to the cardiovascular system. It appears to be able to increase the stickiness of the blood and increase … the likelihood of blood clot formation. It seems to stir up inflammation in the blood vessels. It seems to also cause in some people an overwhelming stress—whether it’s related directly to the infection or situations around the infection—that can also cause a spike in blood pressure.1 4
COVID Shots Can Also Cause Heart Attacks
What the Cedars-Sinai study neglected to mention is that the COVID messenger RNA (mRNA) shots, specifically Pfizer/BioNTech’s Comirnaty and Moderna/NIAID’s Spikevax, can affect the cardiovascular system in the same way as the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID. It is now well established that the COVID mRNA shots can cause myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the outer lining of the heart) in adolescents and young adults after receiving a COVID mRNA shot. Most often, this occurs after the second dose of the shot and usually within a week after vaccination.5 6 7 8 9 10
Even though the CDC appears to want to minimize the occurrence of myocarditis and pericarditis following COVID mRNA shots, several studies have shown that the link between these heart problems and the shots may be much greater than is commonly believed.10
One study, which was conducted by CDC officials and researchers from several universities and hospitals in the United States and published in the JAMA Network last year, showed that the risk of myocarditis after receiving a COVID mRNA shot was 133 times higher than the normal risk for the condition in the general U.S. population. The study found that approximately 96 percent of those who came down with myocarditis after having received a COVID mRNA shot were hospitalized.5
That study’s researchers used data from the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Under the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, vaccine administrators are required to report adverse events following vaccination to VAERS, but it has become more of a passive reporting system because there are no legal penalties for failing to report. It is estimated that perhaps only one percent of vaccine-related adverse events are ever reported to VAERS. Therefore, it is likely that the risk of developing myocarditis following COVID shots might be even higher than the 2022 study estimated.5 11
Another study conducted in Israel involving adolescent males 12-15 years old who received Pfizer/BioNTech’s Comirnaty shot found that myocarditis occurred in one out of 12,361 boys within a week after getting the second dose of the shot. Yet another study on COVID mRNA shots done by the Florida Health Department showed that there was an 84 percent increased risk of cardiac related deaths in men 18 to 39 years old, particularly within 28 days of getting vaccinated, and that young men were 28 times more likely to suffer from myocarditis after a COVID mRNA shot compared to after having a SARS-CoV-2 viral infection.5 6 12
Heart Attack Deaths Have Been Linked COVID Shots
It is difficult to gauge how rare or common is the risk of damage to the heart due to COVID or the COVID mRNA shot. The same is true for the risk of death as a result of heart problems related to the disease or the shot.
What is known is that, just as there have been cases of heart attack deaths attributed to COVID, there have also been cases of heart attack deaths attributed to the COVID mRNA shots, a number of which have been confirmed by coroners.13 14 15 16 17 18
In an independent meta review of autopsies on people who died after receiving COVID shots, which was published by distinguished authors on July 5, 2023 as a preprint in The Lancet but then suddenly retracted by Lancet editors, 74 percent of the deaths were found to be causally related to the shots. Of these deaths, 53 percent were associated with the cardiovascular system.19
The recently publicized 2022 Cedars-Sinai study confirms what many Americans have probably suspected, and that is that more young people, notably adults under 40 years old, appear to be suffering from heart attacks during the past four years than in previous years. The reason for this is likely due to many factors, including the rise in obesity, smoking and drug abuse, along with lack of physical activity—all of which can contribute to chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension that damage the heart, and all of which were likely exacerbated by the COVID pandemic.20
No doubt that SARS-CoV-2 infections and COVID-related illnesses took a toll on the heart. Then there was the damage done by COVID shots, which too many doctors seem eager to ignore.
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1 Hohman M. Since COVID, more young people are dying of heart attacks. Here’s what we know. TODAY July 25, 2023.
2 Hui Yeo Y et al. Excess risk for acute myocardial infarction mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Medical Virology Sept. 29, 2022.
3 Sanchez K. Heart Attack Deaths Soar in Younger Group Since Start of Pandemic: Study. NBC Bay Area Feb 10, 2023.
4 Cedars-Sinai. TODAY: Young People Are More Likely to Die of Heart Attacks Post-COVID, Study Finds. But Why? Mar. 3, 2023.
5 Cáceres M. Myocarditis Risk Following mRNA COVID Shots May Be Far Higher Than Previously Estimated. The Vaccine Reaction Jan. 30, 2022.
6 Hendler C. Post COVID Vaccine Heart-Related Deaths Sharply Increase, Especially in Young Males. The Vaccine Reaction Mar. 19, 2023.
7 Iversen K. Massive Study Proves Men Under 40 Have a Higher Risk of Myocarditis Post COVID Vaccination. The Vaccine Reaction Sept. 12, 2022.
8 Parpia R. Heart Inflammation Risks Much Higher After Moderna’s mRNA COVID Shot Compared to Pfizer Shot. The Vaccine Reaction Nov. 14, 2022.
9 Prasad V. Pretty Much Everyone is Getting Heart Damage from the COVID Vaccines. The Vaccine Reaction Nov. 1, 2022.
10 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Myocarditis and Pericarditis After mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination. Sept. 27, 2022.
11 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Electronic System for Public Health Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. AHRQ 2011.
12 Mandavilli A. An Israeli study finds a slightly higher-than-expected rate of heart problems in vaccinated boys. The New York Times Jan. 26, 2022.
13 Cáceres M. Japanese Government Pays Family for Death Tied to COVID Shot. The Vaccine Reaction July 31, 2022.
14 Hendler C. COVID Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Cited by Medical Examiners in Death of Two Boys. The Vaccine Reaction. Feb. 28, 2022.
15 TVR Staff. College Student in New York Dies of Myocarditis Related to Pfizer COVID Shot. The Vaccine Reaction Feb. 22, 2022.
16 TVR Staff. Death of Teenage Girl in Japan Linked to Pfizer mRNA COVID Shot. The Vaccine Reaction Apr. 10, 2023.
17 TVR Staff. Taiwan Compensates Family of Girl Who Died Days After Getting Second Dose of Pfizer’s COVID Shot. The Vaccine Reaction Mar. 6, 2023.
18 TVR Staff. Young Man in New Zealand Dies of Myocarditis 12 Days After Getting Pfizer COVID Biologic. The Vaccine Reaction Dec. 28, 2021.
19 Cáceres B. Meta Review of Autopsies Finds Link Between COVID Shots and Death. The Vaccine Reaction July 9, 2023.
20 Cardio Metabolic Institute. What’s Behind the Rise in Heart Attacks Among Young People?