May 31, 2023
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“Vaccine-induced myocarditis is at the top of the list of the differential diagnosis.”

On Monday Night Football, January 2, a figurative shot was heard around the world. Before collapsing on the field, Bills Safety Damar Hamlin made a routine tackle on Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. There was some contact in the neck and chest area — but nothing out of the ordinary for professional football.

fter making the tackle, Damar stood up, appeared to attempt to clap his hands, then fell straight down.

CPR was subsequently performed, and his heartbeat returned to a normal rhythm. He was then put on a form of ventilation through an endotracheal tube and loaded into a paramedic unit, where the team of medics waited in the football tunnel for Damar’s mom to hop on board the vehicle before transporting the Bills Safety to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The diagnosis: cardiac arrest.

Now, heart attacks are quite rare in healthy, young athletes. And the screening process for such conditions is stringent in the NFL. That’s where we turn to Dr. Peter McCullough for some insight on what might have exactly caused this.

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