At A Glance:

  • Cases of myocarditis have been reported predominantly in teens and young men after COVID vaccination.
  • Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle.
  • Doctors say these cases are rare.

Another round of concerns has surfaced from the recently approved mRNA vaccines; especially in young adults and teens. Reports of myocarditis began pouring in just two weeks after the Pfizer vaccine was approved for 12-15 year-olds. 

What is Myocarditis?

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle (myocardium). Myocarditis can affect your heart muscle and your heart’s electrical system, reducing your heart’s ability to pump and causing rapid or abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias).

A viral infection usually causes myocarditis, but it can result from a reaction to a drug or be part of a more general inflammatory condition. Signs and symptoms include chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, and arrhythmias.

Severe myocarditis weakens your heart so that the rest of your body doesn’t get enough blood. Clots can form in your heart, leading to a stroke or heart attack.

Treatment for myocarditis depends on the cause.¹

How serious is the concern?

Most of the cases have been in teens and young adults, and affect more males than females. Many of the cases were reported within a week of the second vaccine dose. In Connecticut alone, 18 cases of myocarditis have been presented. Many of these young people spent several days in the hospital. 

The CDC and several news outlets are saying these cases are “rare.” A search on the CDC VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) website indicates this is a much more prevalent concern. For more information, please use: https://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html.

How are doctors responding?

Vaccine scientist and pediatrician, Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor University, took to Twitter to comment. He reports, medical experts are, “sorting out if there’s any relationship to the vaccine at all, or it’s due to breakthrough COVID-19, or vaccination on top of previous COVID, or the vaccine itself…”³

What is the CDC saying?

Since April 2021, increased cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported in the United States after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), particularly in adolescents and young adults. There has not been a similar reporting pattern observed after receipt of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).

In most cases, patients who presented for medical care have responded well to medications and rest and had prompt improvement of symptoms. Reported cases have occurred predominantly in male adolescents and young adults 16 years of age and older. Onset was typically within several days after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, and cases have occurred more often after the second dose than the first dose. CDC and its partners are investigating these reports of myocarditis and pericarditis following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination.

CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older given the risk of COVID-19 illness and related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalization, and even death.⁴

Hold the Phone – Doc’s thoughts:

Let’s evaluate what we are seeing and hearing. First of all, I want to jump to that last sentence by the CDC. They are still recommending the vaccine for everyone 12 years and older due to a list of complications. Why? We know that the young population having these reactions is at the lowest risk of COVID-19 complications. That right there should be enough to make people question. But let’s continue.

The quote from Dr. Hotez should also raise some flags. Let’s set aside the concern that it is simply from the vaccine (although that is concern enough). 

  1. Medical experts are sorting out whether it’s from breakthrough cases. We know that the vaccine wasn’t intended to reduce transmission, but to reduce symptoms. The idea of breakthrough cases alone should help us realize that. But if this level of symptoms is possible with potential breakthrough cases, is it really even doing that?
  2. Vaccination of top of previous COVID. Why are we vaccinating people when we know that natural immunity is stronger than the vaccine-response immunity? This appears to be a case of negligence on the part of medical experts endorsing vaccination in recovered patients.

Let’s look at that CDC quote again. Onset is typically within several days after mRNA COVID-19 vaccinations. How long do they evaluate the vaccine recipients after they receive the shot? Twenty minutes? For such a potentially serious concern, it seems this could be quite problematic, especially since most of these young people are healthy. 

Inflammation of the heart coupled with the active lifestyle of young, healthy people should be a serious cause of concern. According to the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP): Patients with these conditions should wait three months and receive clearance from a doctor before returning to rigorous activity such as competitive sports.⁵ How many young people will this affect? How many will continue to participate in sport activities without realizing they have heart inflammation?

A Different Perspective:

Myocarditis is caused by a normal immune response to an infection or damage. Manipulation of the immune response by vaccine will have varied outcomes when not knowing the individual’s immune system. If the inflammation is not reduced by normal immune responses it can develop into chronic heart inflammation as well.  Utilizing a vaccine that artificially manipulates our immune system can be detrimental to our long term health. Remember, we are unaware of  the unknown long term side effects. For this to be in a population with such a low cause of concern among even the most liberal calculations, is horrific.

¹https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myocarditis/symptoms-causes/syc-20352539

²https://providernews.seattlechildrens.org/special-update-monitoring-for-myocarditis-after-covid-19-vaccination/

³https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2021/05/reports-of-myocarditis-after-covid-19-vaccination-have-doctors-trying-to-determine-linkage-sparks-cover-up-fears.html

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/myocarditis.html

https://www.aappublications.org/news/2021/05/27/covid-vaccine-myocarditis-guidance-052721