The Washington State Department of Health has issued a statement following CDC reports that officials are looking into a possible link between a heart problem and vaccines, especially in younger persons.

The Dept of Health issued this statement, which read in part:

"The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is aware of reports of a small number of cases of myocarditis or pericarditis in some patients, post-vaccination. Further investigation is needed to determine if these cases are connected in any way to COVID-19 vaccines."

Myocarditis is an inflammation of heart tissue, usually linked or caused by viral infection. Pericarditis is an inflammation of what's called the thin, sac-like tissue around the heart.

 The CDC told NBC National news late last week it was looking into a "relatively" few reports of this occurring in teens or young adults who've had a COVID vaccine.

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The CDC did not tell NBC how many cases, but the news network claims it was able to track down at least 55 known cases of either of the issues.

The CDC told NBC people who receive the vaccine, especially younger persons, should pay close attention afterwards to whether they develop symptoms such as shortness of breath and/or chest pain.

The CDC said it is unclear if the issues are directly related to vaccinations, nor did they say which vaccines these persons had received.

The WSDOH did not say if any such cases were reported in Washington state. NBC said cases were being looked at after having been reported in Idaho (3), Oregon (6), Connecticut, Colorado,  and some among military personnel.

The CDC said the cases appeared to be more prevalent in males than females.


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