Story at a glance:

  • Men under 30 may face heart problems after getting vaccinated.
  • Myocarditis and pericarditis share the same symptoms.
  • Treatment for myocarditis can be solved with over-the-counter medication or resolve itself.

Last Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there is a stronger correlation between the coronavirus vaccine and heart inflammation.

Men under the age of 30 may face heart complications after being fully vaccinated, Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the CDC's Immunization Safety Office, said during a Food and Drug Administration advisory group, NBC News reported. 

Although it has not been officially confirmed to be an associated problem, the agency is investigating 226 cases of myocarditis, the inflammation of the myocardium in the heart, and pericarditis, the inflammation of the pericardium, among young, vaccinated men. Myocarditis and pericarditis share the same symptoms, including fever, fatigue, shortness of breath and a particular type of chest pain. 

In most cases, an investigation would have been warranted if there were fewer than 100 cases, NBC News reported.


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Myocarditis following vaccination tends to skew younger, with, mostly affecting being teenagers and men in their early 20s. It is important to note that these specific myocarditis cases represent a small fraction of young men who received the shot and experienced no immediate after effects.

"We clearly have an imbalance there," Shimabukuro told NBC News.

The CDC said that among the 220 patients recovering, more than 80 percent of them improved on their own. Most cases of myocarditis can be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, and in some cases, IVIG, an intravenous medication.


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Published on Jun 14, 2021