There is a surge in athletes collapsing due to heart related conditions caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.
Social media users are circulating a claim that there is an increase in athletes collapsing due to heart related conditions caused by the COVID-19 vaccine. Some users shared links to articles, particularly here and here, where each article lists athletes affected. Some users questioned the link between the vaccine and the collapses, implying the COVID-19 vaccine was the cause, while others explicitly stated it was. Verified accounts also shared the claim.
Misbar looked into the claim and discovered it to be false. There is insufficient evidence to link an increase in heart-related incidents among athletes to the COVID-19 vaccine. However, studies have found that COVID-19 causes heart damage even after recovery, and other studies have found that COVID-19 infections are more likely to cause heart complications than the vaccine.
Furthermore, three research studies looked into the link between the vaccine and myocarditis, a heart condition. They discovered that the incidence rates were significantly low, at 0.014 percent, 0.011 percent, and 0.0006 percent, respectively, and that most cases were mild and non life-threatening.
Furthermore, some of the athletes listed in the shared articles were suffering from conditions unrelated to the vaccine. Sergio Aguero, for example, had an underlying health condition, and according to his doctor, Roberto Peidro, Sergio's heart condition had "nothing to do with COVID or the COVID vaccine" since 2004. Other well-known athletes with heart problems, such as Christain Eriskson and Charlie Wyke, were not even vaccinated against COVID-19, which was mentioned in one shared article.
The article in the claim is missing much information, including names, ages, and credible news sources. Some of the listed athletes were not even athletes, including a coach, fan, and referee, and at least six people were 50 or older. The credibility of the articles as a whole suffers as a result.
A British organization called Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) published data in 2008 that concluded that 12 seemingly healthy people aged 35 and younger died every week in the United Kingdom from undiagnosed heart conditions. Before the pandemic, CRY published a 10-year study in 2018 that found cardiac death was higher than expected in elite footballers, with "one in 50 players having a heart abnormality that required ongoing monitoring." They also stated that "despite screenings, cardiac conditions remain the leading cause of death in football players." A 2009 study found that 419 "definite cardiac deaths" occur each year among men under the age of 34 in England and Wales to back this up.
Given the competitive nature of football, the apparent increase in cardiac-related incidents could be attributed to the "statistical cluster" increased global coverage and the way football is being played more vigorously and frequently than before.
According to the findings, the claim that young athletes are collapsing or dying due to heart incidents caused by the COVID-19 vaccine is unfounded. These incidents have been occurring for a long time, long before the pandemic among young men. The incidental rate from studies is extremely low. While the phenomenon requires further investigation, the Misbar team confirms that the claim is false at this time.