Those who go on and on about vaccine risks and excess deaths don’t like it when confronted with actual research that suggests that maybe what they should be more concerned about is the effects of a CV-19 infection or of missed care. Since the majority of people have now been infected and vaxed, seems obvious that a fairly sophisticated analysis is needed to attribute an excess of anything to either. Also might help to get the baselines right, which excess death analyses routinely don’t do. In any event, here are two studies finding that people who have been infected may have much higher risks of heart disease and specifically heart attacks.
In the first study, researchers looked at rates of heart attack deaths before and during the epidemic. The study period was April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2022. The trend rates were adjusted for seasonality. Heart attack rates had been declining throughout the period up to the epidemic, a well-known trend largely due to better drug interventions and heart monitoring. During the epidemic deaths associated with heart attacks increased. Although the absolute numbers were relatively low, the rate of increase was greatest among young to early-middle-aged adults. This study cites several prior pieces of research indicating that gaps of care occurred for many patients during the epidemic, likely leading to exacerbation of disease. But the research also indicates that CV-19 infection can have an impact on heart health. But many of the deaths occurred in people without CV-19 identified on the death certificate. That can be because the CV-19 infection occurred long before the heart attack, and we know that many CV-19 infections have been missed. To me, however, the story continues to be the effect of missed care. While a number of the excess heart attack deaths were associated with CV-19 infections, many more weren’t. The stress induced by the epidemic responses also likely played a role. (JMV Study)
The second study comes from Britain and is a prospective study of heart disease. People with defined CV-19 disease were matched with two supposedly uninfected controls. Infected people who were not hospitalized had an increased risk of subsequent clotting issues and overall death. Infected persons hospitalized specifically for CV-19 infection treatment had an increased risk of all outcomes, including more clotting problems, strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, heart inflammation and all-cause death. These increased risks were greatest in the first 30 days but persisted over a longer period. Most of the study occurred before vax or in the early vax stages, so that is unlikely to play a role, but it would be worthwhile for the study to examine any differences in vaxed and unvaxed populations. (BMJ Article)
What both studies suggest is that CV-19 infection is associated with increased incidence of heart disease and heart disease death. But the first study also strongly indicates to me that we are in fact seeing a large impact of changes in care patterns during the epidemic, due to what I refer to as the terror campaign, and the stress, diet, exercise and other changes caused by the epidemic responses. Those impacts will be with us for an extended time.