A study released in Israel has shown a sharp increase in cardiovascular events of over 25% in people in the age bracket of 16 to 39-years-of-age, since the introduction of the Covid-19 vaccination.
The study collated data from the Israel National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) across Israel over two and a half years, which spanned 14 months before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The study allowed a unique perspective to be explored between trends in cardiac arrest and acute coronary syndrome call volumes before the Covid-19 pandemic and then after the pandemic, considering infection rates and vaccination rates.
The increase was noted by comparing 2019 to 2020 data in comparison to the January to May 2021 Israeli vaccination rollout.
The study showed that the increases in cardiac arrest incidents were not always associated with higher Covid-19 infection rates at a population level. These results were mirrored in studies of cardiovascular complaints during the vaccination rollout in Germany and the vaccination rollout in Scotland.
Observations showed more significant cardiovascular severe events in line with the 2nd dose of the vaccination.
The study suggests some important steps and policies be introduced including increased surveillance programs of potential vaccine side-effects and Covid-19 infection outcomes incorporated into EMS and other health data so that public health trends can be identified and investigated.
The study calls specifically for a prompt investigation to better understand the potential causes of the major increase in cardiac-related EMS calls, including investigating both vaccine and Covid-19 infection-related factors.
The study has called for increased public awareness among both patients and clinicians concerning symptoms to be on the lookout for post-vaccination or Covid-19 infection. (e.g., chest discomfort and shortness of breath). Whilst not mentioned in the study, such a policy change would need the support of mainstream media and social media who continue to suppress any or all information about potential cardiac side effects so that patients can be aware of the risks.
The study also suggests that patients “consider avoiding strenuous physical activity following the vaccination that may induce severe cardiac events.”
Further highlighting the need to inform the public, the study suggests the need to do this to potentially avoid patient harm.
“This would be critical to better understanding the risk-benefits of the vaccine and to inform related public policy and prevent potentially avoidable patient harm,” part of the conclusion stated.