by Dr. Joseph Mercola
past two years (2021 and 2022), more than 1,650 professional
and amateur athletes have collapsed due to cardiac events
and 1,148 of them proved fatal
Hamlin, a 24-year-old Buffalo Bills football player went
into cardiac arrest on live television after making a tackle
during a January 2, 2023, game against the Cincinnati
Bengals. Team trainers and emergency medical staff performed
CPR for more than nine minutes, which saved his life
the COVID jab played a role in what happened to Hamlin is
impossible to know for sure, but Dr. Peter McCullough
suspects it may have played a role - provided he actually
got the shot
condition called commotio cordis is known to occur in
baseball when a player is hit hard on the breastbone,
thereby causing cardiac arrest. There are approximately 20
to 30 such cases each year, but never in pro football. In
McCullough’s view, commotio cordis can likely be ruled out.
The more likely cause for Hamlin’s cardiac arrest, he
believes, is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), or abnormal
thickening of the heart muscle, which is the primary cause
for athletes suffering cardiac arrest
exercise, adrenaline is pumping, and when the heart is
damaged this adrenaline rush is what triggers the cardiac
arrest. This helps explain not only the death of athletes on
the field, or people dying while jogging, but also why so
many are dying in their sleep, because adrenaline is
released between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., as your body readies to
With every passing day, the list of people suffering tragic
consequences from the
COVID mRNA shots grows longer.
As of December
23, 2022, the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)
had received 33,334 reports of post-jab deaths, 26,045 cases of
myocarditis and 15,970 heart attacks. 1
Many of these people and their stories have remained hidden from
public view as social media have universally censored these stories.
As a result, people who only read mainstream media are largely
unaware of the damage being done. However, there is a population of
people whose injuries and deaths have been far more public.
Over the past two years (2021 through 2022), more than
1,650 2,3,4,5,6,7 professional and amateur athletes have collapsed
due to cardiac events and 1,148 8 of them proved fatal.
In his book
"Cause Unknown - The Epidemic of Sudden Deaths in 2021 and 2022,"
9 Edward Dowd writes extensively about the anomalous number of deaths
now occurring among athletes, which, despite "fact checkers" best
efforts to dismiss it as "normal," 10,11 is anything but.
What Happened to Damar Hamlin?
More than likely, you've heard that Damar Hamlin, a
24-year-old Buffalo Bills football player went into cardiac arrest
on live television after making a tackle during a January 2, 2023,
game against the Cincinnati Bengals. 12,13
Team trainers and emergency
medical staff performed CPR for more than nine minutes, which saved
After initially being placed in a medically-induced coma, Hamlin was
reportedly on the mend within a week. 14
Whether the COVID jab played a role in what happened to Hamlin is
impossible to know for sure. Looking at the replays, it's clear he
took a very severe hit right to the chest right before his collapse,
and this certainly could have caused the heart attack.
minimum, it's not unheard of.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker
had a similar incident in 2017, as did hockey legend Chris Pronger
in 1998. 15
On the other hand, it's also not inconceivable that the COVID jab - if Hamlin was in fact "vaxxed"
- could have affected his heart,
thereby playing a contributing role.
We now know the COVID shot is
associated with a significantly elevated risk of myocarditis,
which in turn raises the risk of sudden cardiac death in contact
While the NFL enforced strict COVID jab rules for employees who have
contact with players, the players and coaches were not subject to
That said, 95% of players did get the shot, according
to the NFL league. 19
Cardiologist Offers His View
In a January 4, 2023, Children's Health Defense interview, Dr.
McCullough, a cardiologist and internist, reviewed what could have
happened in Hamlin's case.
As noted by McCullough, a condition
called commotio cordis (Latin for "agitation of the heart") is known
to occur in baseball when a player is hit hard on the breastbone,
thereby causing cardiac arrest.
There are approximately 20 to 30
such cases each year.
However, no such case has ever occurred in 100 years of pro
football. Football players have padding that protects the
breastbone, so in McCullough's view, commotio cordis can likely be
The more likely cause for Hamlin's cardiac arrest, he
believes, is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), or abnormal
thickening of the heart muscle, which is the primary cause for
athletes suffering cardiac arrest.
The reason why HCM is the No. 1 cause of cardiac arrest in
professional athletes is because it causes few if any symptoms and
often goes undiagnosed.
Professional athletes undergo extensive
medical evaluation and cardiovascular screening 20 before being given
the green-light to play, and they also constitute the healthiest
segment of society in general, 21 so most heart problems are ruled
out before they ever enter the field.
"The elephant in the room," however, according to McCullough, is the
Before these shots were rolled out, the average number of
cardiac arrests in all European soccer and football leagues combined
was 29 per year.
Since the advent of the COVID shots, 1,598 European
pro-athletes have suffered cardiac arrest, giving us a comparative
annual tally of nearly 800.
Of those 1,598 cardiac arrests, 1,101
McCullough detailed these and other stats in a December 17, 2022,
letter to the editor of the Journal of Scandinavian Immunology.
paper was co-authored by Panagis Polykretis, Ph.D., a researcher at
the Institute of Applied Physics, which is part of the Italian
National Research Council. 22
McCullough and Polykretis have been,
and still are, calling for a proper investigation of these deaths.
McCullough Suspects COVID Jab-Induced Myocarditis
McCullough and Polykretis suspect COVID jab-induced myocarditis is
the explanation for this otherwise inconceivable increase in cardiac
arrests among athletes, and McCullough believes it also tops the
list of potential reasons for Hamlin's cardiac arrest, considering,
95% of NFL players
had received the jab as of March 2022. 23
McCullough cites research showing,
about 2.5% of COVID jab recipients
sustain heart damage, 90% of them being men.
And, in about half of
all jab-related myocarditis cases, there are no symptoms to alert
you there might be a problem.
As explained by McCullough, myocarditis causes scarring on the heart, and it is this scarring
that causes an abnormal electrical rhythm (ventricular tachycardia)
and sudden adult death syndrome.
There are now more than 200 scientific papers on jab-related
A January 2023 study 24 in the European Journal of
Pediatrics found high levels of circulating spike protein in 16 male
high school students hospitalized with myocarditis induced by the
shots, which again suggests the spike protein your body produces is
a key pathogenic factor.
McCullough explains in greater detail how the shot may have
triggered Hamlin's cardiac arrest:
During play, adrenaline is
pumping, and when the heart is damaged this adrenaline rush is what
triggers the cardiac arrest.
This helps explain not only the death of athletes on the field, or
people dying while jogging, but also,
why so many are dying in their
sleep, because adrenaline is released between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., as
your body readies to wake up...
1,696% Increase in Sudden Death Among Athletes
Whatever caused Hamlin's cardiac arrest - and hopefully a careful
medical investigation after his recovery will clarify what happened
- there's no doubt that athletes in general are dying in far greater
numbers now than ever before.
The number of athletes who 'died suddenly'
between January 2021 and
was 1,696% above the historical monthly norm
42 per month compared to
just 2.35 per month...
In related news, a November 2022 report 25 by The Exposé showed the
number of athletes who "died suddenly" between January 2021 and
April 2022 was 1,696% above the historical monthly norm 26 between
1966 and 2004,
42 per month compared to just 2.35 per month....
The following graph illustrates the rise in recorded athlete
collapses and deaths between January 2021, the month the COVID shots
started to roll out, and April 2022.
As noted by The Exposé:
"In all between Jan 21 and April 22, a total number of 673 athletes
were known to have died.
This number could, however, be much higher.
So that's 428 less than the number to have died between 1966 and
The difference here though is that the 1,101 deaths occurred
over 39 years, whereas 673 recent deaths occurred over 16 months...
The yearly average number of deaths between 1966 and 2004 equates to
28. January 2022 saw three times as many athlete deaths than this
previous annual average, as did March 2022.
So this is obviously
highly indicative of a problem.
The 2021 total equates to 394 deaths, 14x higher than the 1966 to
2004 annual average. The Jan to April 2022 total, a period of 4
months, equates to 279 deaths, 9.96x higher than the annual average
between 1966 and 2004.
However, if we divide the 66 to 04
annual average by 3 to make it equivalent to the first four
months' worth of deaths in 2022, we get 9.3 deaths.
So in effect, by
April 2022, deaths among athletes were 10x higher than the
expected rate ...
[B]etween 1966 and 2004. the monthly average number of deaths
equates to 2.35. But between January 2021 and April 2022, the
monthly average equates to 42.
This is an increase of
Risk of Cardiovascular Damage Soars After Second Shot
A nearly 1,700% increase in sudden cardiac-related death among
athletes is inexplicable unless you take the experimental COVID jabs
Research 28 published in November 2021 found
inflammatory markers - signs of cardiovascular damage - rose
dramatically after the second COVID shot, and the risk of heart
attacks and other heart-related problems more than doubled in the
months following these injections.
Pre-jab, patients had
an 11% five-year risk of heart attack.
Post-jab, that risk
rose to 25%, a 227% increase in risk.
As reported by The Exposé, other statistics also reveal heart damage
has become ubiquitous among those who got one or more mRNA jabs:
"Acute cardiac failure rates are now 475 times the normal baseline
rate in VAERS. Tachycardia rates are 7,973 times the baseline rate.
Acute myocardial infarction is 412 times the baseline rate.
The rates of internal hemorrhage, peripheral artery thrombosis, and
coronary artery occlusion are all over 300 times the baseline rate...
It doesn't take a genius to work out that COVID-19 vaccination is
the reason the monthly average number of athlete deaths was 1,700%
higher than the expected rate by April 2022."
Sudden Death: The No. 1 Cause of Death for Under 65s in 2021
In late December 2022, Steve Kirsch also published data showing the
shots are a public health disaster. 30
According to the results of a
survey Kirsch conducted, "sudden death" was the No. 1 cause of death
in 2021 and 2022 among Americans under 65 who had received the COVID
The second and third causes of death in this group were
cardiac-related death and cancer respectively. Importantly, the
incidence of turbo-charged cancer among the jabbed was also
significant, and myocarditis killed more than COVID-19.
Among the unjabbed, the primary cause of death for people 65 and
younger in 2021 and 2022 was hospital treatment for COVID.
Incidences of sudden death, pulmonary embolism and turbo-charged
cancers were all low, and there were no unknown causes of death, nor
any myocarditis deaths.
Kirsch summarized the three most stunning
differences between the jabbed and unjabbed as follows: 31
"Sudden death rates are off the charts for the vaccinated cf.
unvaccinated for those <65 ... It's the #1 cause of death for
this age group...
Myocarditis as a
cause of death is registering now for both age ranges but only
for the vaccinated...
Cardiac issues as a cause of death in vaccinated young people (<65)
are significantly elevated vs. their unvaxxed peers."
Learn CPR, It Saves Lives
While we cannot make any definitive statements about what caused
Hamlin's cardiac arrest, one thing that is not in doubt is that
immediate and ongoing CPR is what saved his life.
Nine minutes is a
long time to give CPR, and most people will simply give up after two
or three minutes. Hamlin's case is proof positive that sometimes you
need to give CPR for an extended period of time.
As many who got the experimental COVID shots will have some level of
heart damage that raises their risk of cardiac arrest and sudden
death, the need for CPR know-how is only going to grow.
It could be the difference between life and death of
someone you love. Also, consider investing in an automated external
defibrillator (AED) for your home and/or office.
These machines are lightweight and battery operated. Sticky pads
with sensors are attached to the chest and those electrodes send
information to the computer inside the machine.
The AED computer will analyze the heart rhythm to determine if
electric shock is needed. If required, the machine uses voice
prompts to tell you what to do and when to do it.
AED machines are safe to use and there are no reports of them
harming bystanders or users or, of delivering inappropriate shocks.
When an individual suffers a cardiac arrest, the heart immediately
stops beating. This means there is no blood being pumped to the body
At this time it is critical for bystanders to:
If you don't have formal training, 911 dispatchers can give you
specific instructions on using an AED and performing CPR until
While you may hesitate, being afraid you could
hurt the victim, at this time the person is clinically dead and
can't get any worse.
Bystander CPR and AED can only help.
For cardiac arrest, CPR and treatment with an AED as needed (while
awaiting emergency services) significantly increase the potential
for survival and, importantly, lower the risk of permanent
It is now believed Hamlin has a good chance of
neurological recovery, which would not have been possible had it not
been for the fact that he received CPR for more than nine minutes.
as of December 23, 2022
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7, 8 Good
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January 9, 2023
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