Monday, November 6, 2023

Sore Arm After COVID-19 Vaccine Could Indicate Serious Complication: Doctor

Sore Arm After COVID-19 Vaccine Could Indicate Serious Complication: Doctor 

Individuals who experience a sore arm after taking a COVID-19 shot may be at risk of facing cardiac issues, according to cardiologist Peter A. McCullough.

“I always ask patients if they had a sore arm or more severe reaction within the few days of the shot. It may be a harbinger of future cardiovascular serious adverse events, including myocarditis and sudden cardiac death,” Dr. McCullough said in an Oct. 27 Substack post. Myocarditis is an inflammation of a heart muscle called myocardium, which can reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood. Dr. McCullough cited a Sept. 19 study published in the Radiology journal, which states that 458 out of the 700 participants, or 65.4 percent, reported pain in the arm after COVID-19 vaccination.

“The myocardial visual score was higher in patients who reported a sore arm compared with those who did not,” the study said. The participants in the study were “competitive and recreational athletes” from Italy.

The cardiologist pointed to a July 20 study published by Taylor & Francis, which found this specific pain among the majority of participants who took COVID-19 vaccination.

Among the 460 participants in the study, 81.3 percent reported arm pain at the injection site after receiving the first dose of a COVID-19 shot. Following the second dose, 24.9 percent reported arm pain. “Male gender was more likely to present arm pain after the first and the second vaccinations,” it said.

“In our study population, arm pain was inversely associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection before vaccination.” Athletes who were previously infected with COVID-19 were found to be “less likely to present arm pain after the first-dose vaccination.”

A November 2022 study cited by Dr. McCullough looked at autopsy data from 25 individuals who had “died unexpectedly” within 20 days after COVID-19 vaccination.

Five individuals in the study received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and died within a week of taking the shots. Four people died after the first injection, while the fifth died after the second dose.

In 80 percent of mRNA vaccine recipients, the study identified “acute (epi-)myocarditis without detection of another significant disease or health constellation that may have caused an unexpected death.”

The researchers discovered simultaneous vaccine-induced inflammation in the heart muscles and deltoid muscles crowning the shoulder. In the heart, the inflammation was found in the epicardium—the outermost protective layer of the organ located above the myocardium.

“Myocarditis can be a potentially lethal complication following mRNA-based anti-SARS-CoV-2 vaccination,” the study concluded.

Cardiac Issues

Dr. McCullough also highlighted a December 2022 report published at the National Library of Medicine, which brought attention to the issue of rising cardiac arrests among athletes.

During a two-year period “from January 2021 to the time of writing, 1,598 athletes suffered cardiac arrest, 1,101 of which with deadly outcome,” it said, citing a study.

 A health worker fills a syringe with a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in a file image. (Emmi Korhonen/AFP via Getty Images)
A health worker fills a syringe with a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in a file image. (Emmi Korhonen/AFP via Getty Images)

This is a higher rate of death compared to a 38‐year timespan between 1966 and 2004 when “1,101 athletes under the age of 35 died (~29/years) due to various heart‐related conditions.”

Citing another study on 301 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, the report said “29.24 percent of participants experienced cardiovascular complications such [as] tachycardia, palpitations, and 2.33 percent suffered myopericarditis.”

“It is noteworthy that no statistically significant increase in the incidence of myocarditis or pericarditis was observed in un‐vaccinated subjects after SARS‐CoV‐2 infection, in a large population study.”

On the basis of these studies, Dr. McCullough determined that a sore arm can be a “harbinger of future cardiovascular serious adverse events.”

The cardiologist said that he was “amazed at how many people have taken one or more of the COVID-19 vaccines are completely free of side effects.” He suggested that many of the vials of the vaccine may have had “little or no viable mRNA.”

The lack of viable mRNA would mean that the spike protein “would not be produced within the injection side (deltoid muscle) or other tissues, and that would explain a lack of side effects in the arm and elsewhere in the body,” he wrote.

mRNA Toxicity

A study from Germany published in the British Journal of Pharmacology journal this month found that both Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccines formed spike proteins in the human heart cells within 48 hours of injection. Both Pfizer and Moderna triggered different cell abnormalities.

Responding to the study, Dr. McCullough suggested that the different responses the cells had to the two mRNA vaccines could point to an mRNA toxicity reaction in these cells.

Despite studies suggesting the risk of medical complications, some experts continue to advise people to get COVID-19 jabs. According to John Hopkins Medicine, both Pfizer and Moderna are “highly effective in preventing serious disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19.”

It recommended people to get a COVID-19 shot as “we believe that their benefits outweigh their risks.”

However, Dr. McCullough advises people to avoid it. He wrote in an Oct. 29 Substack post: “I am not recommending COVID-19 XBB.1.5 boosters, influenza, or respiratory syncytial virus vaccines for healthy adults or children. None of these vaccines are compelling and conditions are easily treatable.”

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