Mayo Clinic physician weighs in on COVID-19 vaccine and sudden cardiac death – KTTC

by | Jan 23, 2023 | COVID-19

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Following the collapse of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin at an NFL game earlier this month, cardiac arrest has been in the headlines.Mayo Clinic pediatric cardiologist Dr. Michael Ackerman explained what a cardiac arrest is.“Sudden cardiac arrest or SCA is an electrical heart attack,” Dr. Ackerman said. “There’s a lot of misunderstandings and missed conceptions because we mix words like a heart attack from crushing chest pain to myocardial infarction.”Dr. Ackerman said despite a lot of social media rumors, they are not seeing increased deaths in young athletes. He referenced a recent report that he calls “junk science.” The report said more than 1,500 athletes have died in the past year of cardiac arrest due to the COVID-19 vaccine.He said that’s simply not true.“We know in the United States 75-100 healthy athletes from little league, junior high, varsity, collegiate who die suddenly each year,” he said. “This number of 1,598 got totally charged. It got assigned to happening in the United States alone when it really was a study from Europe and, with these allegations, that since the pandemic, since the vaccines, the deaths in the young are 15-20 times more than normal. It’s just not grounded in reality.”Ackerman said Mayo Clinic has been investigating sudden deaths in young people clos …

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