Various social media posts claim that unvaccinated people are immune to blood clots, strokes and heart issues such as myocarditis and pericarditis. They are not dying currently. It is only the vaccinated people who are dying. We fact checked and found this claim to be false.
A similar post also surfaced online saying “The elephant in the room? The Purebloods aren’t getting myocarditis, pericarditis, blood clots, strokes or heart attacks.” The post can be found here and a screenshot is attached below.
Are unvaccinated people immune from heart issues?
No. Health conditions like myocarditis, pericarditis, blood clots, strokes or heart attacks are not uncommon or new. They have been the cause of deaths for many people even in past.
According to resources, even without the risk of COVID-19, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally, representing 32% of all deaths. People who have not been vaccinated are still being impacted with heart issues such as myocarditis, pericarditis, blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, and other ailments just as they were before the pandemic began.
As per The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) , Professor Jeffrey Morris, the director of Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania , said “Myocarditis/pericarditis was one [example] that was higher in vaccinated people than unvaccinated people, by three times, but it was 18 times higher in viral-infected people.”
Did COVID-19 vaccine ever lead to any heart problem?
Yes. Heart problems like myocarditis have been noted as a side effect of the vaccines by CDC. As per the experts at the Meedan Digital Health Lab, a small number of people reported symptoms of myocarditis, pericarditis, and thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. However, the cases have been too few and experts believe that the advantage of vaccine outdo the risk of myocarditis.
One recent study in the United States noted that from March 2020 through January 2021, patients with COVID-19 had almost 16 times the risk for myocarditis compared with patients who were not infected, and risk varied by sex and age.
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