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"Sudden cardiac death risk in contact sports increased by myocarditis: a case series"
A 2021 paper in the "European Heart Journal" provides additional grounds for considering subclinical vaccine-induced myocarditis as a possible contributing factor to Damar Hamlin's cardiac arrest.
By JOHN LEAKE
A reader of my piece earlier today (Interpreting Damar Hamlin’s Sudden Collapse) just drew my attention to Alex Berenson’s Update on the Damar Hamlin piece. One of Berenson’s readers drew his attention to a 2021 paper published in the European Heart Journal-Case Reports titled “Sudden cardiac death risk in contact sports increased by myocarditis: a case series.”
As the authors note in their Discussion:
This report describes the case of two high-performance athletes [rugby players] suffering a non-penetrating blunt chest trauma associated with the occurrence of LTVA due to a chronic sequela of myocarditis. In contrast to the classically described commotio cordis, these two episodes of ventricular arrhythmias were associated with underlying myocardial scarring.
As they present the key takeaway in their Abstract:
Myocarditis may increase the risk of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias caused by blunt impact to the chest, particularly in contact sports. Screening and prevention measures should be considered to reduce this risk.
This 2021 paper provides additional grounds for considering Dr. McCullough’s initial assessment in Damar Hamlin’s case.
If Damar Hamlin indeed took one of the COVID-19 vaccines, then subclinical vaccine-induced myocarditis must be considered in the differential diagnosis.
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