‘No correlation’ between heart disease and vaccines

EDİRNE

There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines increase the risk of coronary heart disease, a Turkish expert has said, noting that there have been negativities brought by the pandemic.

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Çetin Gül, a cardiology specialist at Sultan Murat I State Hospital based in Edirne, said rumors that COVID-19 vaccines trigger heart attacks are an exaggerated situation spread by word of mouth.

“We can say that some of the problems brought by the pandemic increase the risk of coronary heart disease, but we have no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines do this directly,” Gül told reporters.

Acknowledging that cases of heart disease have increased during the pandemic, Gül pointed out that people have remained inactive due to lockdowns, suffered from stress-related disorders and changed their eating habits.

Pointing out that coronary heart disease has doubled due to limitation of movement, the specialist noted that it was a coincidence that someone with heart disease had a heart attack right after being stung.

Stating that there are no scientific studies showing that any of the Sinovac, BioNTech or Turkovac vaccines given against the coronavirus in Turkey trigger heart disease or seizures, Gül noted that claims to the contrary are exaggerated.

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He said that there are several publications only on AstraZeneca used in Europe which tends to clot and causes pulmonary embolism.

“A 65-year-old diabetic who smoked two packs of cigarettes a day presented to the emergency room with a heart attack. It’s not unexpected. Having received the BioNTech or Sinovac vaccine a week or 10 days ago does not indicate that the heart attack was from the vaccine,” the doctor noted.

“We can’t blame the vaccine if that [heart attack] occurs before or after the vaccine. To do this, we need the statistical results of scientific studies carried out on 8,000 to 10,000 patients,” he added.

Gül also noted that chest pain, which is among the main symptoms of a heart attack, should not be assessed alone.