Miles Juneau - 31 Year Old Professional Mountain Bike Racer & Cycling Coach has been diagnosed with Pericarditis.
His story is below:
“My Heart Hurts.” Words I never thought I’d utter…Diagnosed Pericarditis."
I respect the vaccine mandate, what I don’t understand is why they disregard the ones who suffer from it.
2 days after the 2nd dose, I experienced heart pain at the onset of exercise that left me sitting on the ground holding my chest. The optimist in me formulated rational excuses for it and went home. The next day I noticed my heart rate was constantly elevated above normal by 20 bpm during exercise. Knowing that HR can be variable, I once again wrote it off with a rational excuse. By day 3, normal deep breaths caused my heart pain and tightness. I couldn’t ignore the signs any longer.
The EKG revealed inflammation of the sac surrounding my heart. I was rushed to a cardiologist who confirmed with other tests that this nightmare was now my reality. I’ll have to wear a doctor prescribed heart rate monitor attached to my chest 24/7 for 7 days and take heart medication for the foreseeable future.
As an athlete; I’ve been stripped of my livelihood, my identity, and my passion. I know there is A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL one day, but that doesn’t make being in the tunnel any less miserable. I will keep my head up and continue to live by my motto, “Don’t let what you CAN’T do keep you from doing what you CAN do.”
My intentions for sharing this isn’t to cause fear or discourage the vaccine. My intentions are to hopefully encourage someone who might be feeling mild chest discomfort to please see a doctor. The earlier treatment starts, the better. This rare complication is most common in healthy males under 30 years of age and symptoms most commonly start 1-5 days after the 2nd dose.
This adverse reaction is unlikely, but if this post reaches just 1 person that may be disregarding these symptoms, that would make me happy to know my struggle helped someone else. #pericarditis