A reader pointed me to this striking 2021 paper in the European Heart Journal reporting on two cases in which rugby players suffered severe heart rhythm disturbances following blunt chest trauma. In both cases the men had histories of myocarditis which appeared to have caused or worsened the arrhythmias. In the second case, the myocarditis was undiagnosed; the player died.
The authors found that the episodes could be distinguished from classic commotio cordis (trauma to the chest wall causing a sudden heart rhythm crisis) by underlying myocardial scarring. They concluded that the aftereffects of myocarditis raise “the risk of lethal ventricular arrhythmias following blunt chest trauma.”
None of this proves anything about what happened yesterday, but it does show a differential diagnosis may be possible - if anyone in a position to care is interested in finding out definitively if the mRNA shots may be implicated.
Don’t count on it.
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