A study suggests teens contracting myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccines will likely get a scar in their heart, a cardiologist said.
Researchers at Seattle Children’s Hospital conducted a small, peer-reviewed study published Friday by “The Journal of Pediatrics”. They studied patients younger than 18 who went to the hospital with chest pain and elevated serum troponin levels within a week of getting their second Pfizer jab. The two symptoms are key markers of heart inflammation, according to a report in “The Epoch Times”.
Between April 21, 2021 and January 7, the hospital found 16 patients who fit all their study criteria after reviewing 35 potential patients. Patients were excluded if they did not undergo CMR or did not have a follow up CMR [Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging], according to the study’s lead author Doctor Jenna Schauer.
The researchers noted that all patients showed rapid clinical improvement but many had persistent CMR findings at their 3-8 month follow up visit.
“Twelve patients were excluded as they never had CMR due to delayed presentation after initial symptoms resolved or admission to other centers,” Dr. Schauer explained. ” Six patients were excluded as they did not have a follow up CMR, either because they followed up out of state or a study is still pending.”
“One patient was excluded as initial CMR was performed 3 weeks after presentation.”
The study authors said there was no conflict of interest and that they received no funding for the research they performed.
Doctor Anish Koka is a cardiologist whom the Times reported was not involved with the study. Dr. Koka reportedly said the study suggests between 60 and 70 percent of teenagers that get myocarditis from a COVID-19 vaccine may be left with a scar in their heart.
“Certainly, children who had chest pain severe enough to merit seeking medical attention need to at least make sure they get a follow up MRI,” he told The Epoch Times in a Twitter post.
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