Should people with heart problems refrain from getting the vaccine?

Answers to your health and COVID-19 vaccine questions from Dr. Jen Ashton.
2:43 | 06/17/21

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Anyway, first question, should people with heart problems refrain from getting the vaccine? Absolutely not. In fact, we know people with heart problems, and remember, that's a big catch-all term, a big umbrella term, it could be past history of a heart attack, it could be structural or problems with the heart valve, it could be problems with the heart muscle, or the rhythm, there's a huge variety of diagnoses under there. People with cardiac conditions are at higher risk of complications, if they're infected with covid-19. So they should be vaccinated just as everyone else should be vaccinated. I think this question is probably alluding to that case of myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, that's being tracked particularly in teens and younger adults. We don't yet know whether there's an association. Because, remember, that condition happens not only with natural covid infections but as a background rate every day in the general population. So we're following it, but the answer to this question is you should get vaccinated. A noncovid-19 question here, I'm curious to what everyone's answer to this is before they hear the doctor answer. Is it dangerous to charge my cell phone next to me while I sleep? Yes, no? If it is, I'm in trouble. Well, how far away do you guys keep your cell phone? The nightstand? Right there? It is close by. Here's the principle here in general, when you're talking about let's say radiation exposure, because again, that's kind of the catch-all concern here, with the emission of electromagnetic field radiation, distance drops off the exposure precipitously. So being 12 inches away, way better than even being ten inches away, so every little inch matters. When you're talking about radiation exposure. But this is controversial. It's not yet known whether there is an associated risk of emission from our cell phones. So we want to err on the side of caution, the farther away it can be from you, while you are sleeping, the better. Certainly do not put it under your pillow. Wow. Am I the only one? Oh, boy, T.J. I'm not the only one. Just waking up, checking your phone, that exposure to that light disrupts your sleep in general so it is better if it can be across the room. It is even better if it can be in another room, we don't have the kind of jobs that really allow that, so at least you don't want it in the bed with you. My kids will fall asleep with their laptop on top of them. Am I the only one who has seen that? I've walked and seen that. T.J., away. I just don't want to miss your call. You can submit your questions to Dr. Ashton on her Instagram @drjashton. Thank you, doc. We'll see you shortly. Turning now to this

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