Young cyclists from Kempen get heart problems after vaccination

Junior Joppe Erpels from Arendonk even ended up in intensive care for a while

by Sead Dedovic
Young cyclists from Kempen get heart problems after vaccination

Three young cyclists from Kempense have developed heart problems after a race. It's all about Acrog-Tormans BC riders. Junior Joppe Erpels from Arendonk even ended up in intensive care for a while, Xander Verhagen from Geel had problems during training and for newcomer Yarno Van Herck it was still a shock on Sunday when he suddenly felt a stab in his chest during the Herman Vanspringel.

Although most suspect the reason is the vaccine, many options are emerging and it seems that more and more often young athletes have heart problems The paradox of sports is the fact that with the undoubted health benefits of physical activity, great physical exertion can temporarily increase the risk of sudden cardiac death (ISS).

Sudden cardiac death (mors cardiaca subita) is an unexpected and unannounced death caused by the cessation of circulation of cardiac genesis, which occurs one hour after the onset of symptoms in the absence of other potentially fatal causes.

I SS in athletes is a rare event (1: 100,000 - 1: 200,000 per year), but in this population, it occurs 2-3 times more often than in non-athletes.


The results of some studies have shown that the relative risk of ISS approximately doubles during physical activity, although the absolute risk is still low.

It has also been shown that individuals who practice physical activity irregularly have a higher risk for ISS, compared to those who practice exercise regularly. In young people (under 35 years of age) there are usually congenital/inherited heart abnormalities, while ischemic heart disease (IBS) is the most common cause in older athletes, i.e.

myocardial infarction is responsible for most cases of ISS above that age (80%). The incidence of ISS in older athletes, active and recreational (≥ 35 years) is significantly higher than in younger ones and can be expected to increase further, given the growing number of older people involved in sport.

It is very likely that the benefits of exercise are greater than today’s scientific findings, but the dilemma of whether there is a point at which extreme exertion may increase the risk of adverse cardiovascular events is unresolve, and even now vaccine is mentioned as one of the reasons for the heart problems.

There is no doubt that moderate exercise is beneficial. It reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and some forms of cancer. Given the exponential increase in the incidence of diseases such as obesity and diabetes, the promotion of exercise as a positive health intervention has never been more important.