New CDC Study Debunks COVID Vaccine Myths About Heart Risks in Youth

Written by Henrik Rothen

Apr.14 - 2024 8:48 PM CET

No Heart Risks Linked to COVID Vaccine in Young Adults, Says CDC.

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Amid swirling doubts and scary headlines, a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) brings some much-needed clarity. After meticulous scrutiny, the CDC has found no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines lead to sudden cardiac deaths in healthy young adults.

Between June 2021 and December 2022, the CDC conducted a thorough investigation focusing on the death certificates and vaccination records of 1,292 young individuals from Oregon, aged 16 to 30, who passed away from cardiac-related causes.

This analysis comes in the wake of concerns particularly involving myocarditis—a type of heart inflammation seen in some young men post-vaccination—and subsequent media reports linking the vaccine to sudden deaths among young athletes.

What the Findings Show

The data tell a reassuring story. Among the analyzed cases, very few had received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in the 100 days prior to their death.

Moreover, those instances couldn't conclusively link the vaccine to their cardiac demise. "The data do not support an association of COVID-19 vaccination with sudden cardiac death among previously healthy young persons," the CDC stated, reaffirming the vaccine’s safety profile.

The gender breakdown of the cases studied revealed 925 males and 367 females. For those few who were vaccinated shortly before death, the possibility of a cardiac cause linked to the vaccine remains scientifically unsupported, reinforcing the CDC's ongoing recommendation to vaccinate everyone over 6 months old.

A Collective Scandinavian Concern

While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds no link between COVID-19 vaccines and sudden cardiac deaths in young adults, opinions in Scandinavia tell a different story.

Back in April 2022, health authorities from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland voiced their concerns, distinct from the CDC’s findings. These Nordic countries reported a connection between mRNA vaccines and myocarditis—a potentially fatal inflammation of the heart muscle.

What the Nordic Data Shows

The Scandinavian study followed 23.1 million people from December 27, 2020, to October 5, 2021. The findings indicated an increased likelihood of myocarditis among young men, presenting symptoms like shortness of breath and chest pains. Although most cases resolved on their own, some led to heart failure.

Out of the 23.1 million individuals monitored, 1,077 developed myocarditis, predominantly young males. More details about this study can be found on the Danish partner site

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