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The Straits Times quoted Prof Tan Huay Cheem, Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology, National University Heart Centre (NUHCS), who said that given the new knowledge of the risk of myocarditis occurring in young males after COVID-19 vaccination, it is prudent that exercise, particularly those of moderate to high intensity, be withheld for a week. He explained that this is because no one can predict who will develop myocarditis after vaccination, even if the incidence is low. Prof Tan added that high-intensity exercise includes circuit training, vigorous forms of weight training, and moderate activities done at a heart-pounding pace, such as sprinting or swimming longer distances.
Lianhe Zaobao and Channel 8 carried Prof Tan's comments that cardiac arrest in young people under the age of 30 is very rare. It is usually partly caused by structural problems of the heart and cardiovascular system, and sometimes caused by myocarditis related to epidemic virus infection.
Asst Prof Yeo Tee Joo, Consultant, Department of Cardiology, NUHCS and Dr Louisa Sun, Consultant, Infectious Diseases and Chronic Programme, AH were also interviewed. Asst Prof Yeo shared with Channel 8 that the general population is also at risk of developing myocarditis and some may have very little or no symptoms at all and will not see a doctor. As a result, the actual incidence rate is still unclear.
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