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Actor Vivekh's heart attack severe, not related to COVID-19 vaccination: Hospital

The actor took the Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday at the Government Omandurar Hospital and also urged others to come forward to take it

Published: 16th April 2021 12:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th April 2021 09:30 PM   |  A+A-

Actor Vivekh had taken the COVID-19 vaccination at Government Omandurar Hospital on Thursday. (File | EPS)

Actor Vivekh had taken the COVID-19 vaccination at Government Omandurar Hospital on Thursday. (File | EPS)

Express News Service

CHENNAI: Actor Vivekh, who suffered a heart attack on Friday, had a 100% block in his left artery and it may not be related to Covid vaccination, said Dr Raju Sivasamy, vice-president of SIMS hospitals.

Addressing reporters here, Dr Sivasamy said what the 59-year-old actor suffered was a separate cardiac event called “ventricular fibrillation”, resulting in decreased supply of blood to the brain.

“This is actor Vivekh’s first attack. It is a severe one. We have done an angiogram, followed by angioplasty, and have placed a stent. He is presently critical, in the ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and it may take at least 24 hours for him to improve,” said Dr Sivasamy.

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He said that Vivekh’s family members brought him to the hospital on Friday morning in an unconscious state at 11 am. “He was immediately attended to by the emergency and cardiology doctors. This is a pure cardiac issue, and we have done gene-testing and CT scan, which showed no involvement of Covid,” added Sivasamy.

The hospital bulletin, signed by its Medical Services Director Dr Vijaykumar, said that Vivekh suffered an acute coronary syndrome with cardiogenic shock, terming it a separate event that may not be due to Covid vaccination.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan, after discussing with the doctors part of treatment, said that the doctors have done multiple tests and no link to Covid was established.

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“On Thursday, 830 people got Covaxin in Omandurar Government Hospital, including Vivekh. Today also many have taken and totally 5.6 lakh people have taken Covaxin. We have not observed such adverse effects and it is not related to the vaccine,” reiterated Radhakrishnan.

He said that a hundred percent block does not form one day after vaccination. “On behalf of the health department, we want him to recover first. He himself came forward to take up the vaccine with a good intuition to spread awareness, and for his safety. We want him to get well soon,” Radhakrishnan said.

Actor Vivekh, after taking his vaccine on Thursday, had said that both Covaxin and Covishield were safe and people must come forward to take them.

Radhakrishnan too urged people to cast away their fears and come forward to take the vaccine.



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  • Natural Immunity

    People are born with an immune system which produces antibodies to protect and heal us naturally
    3 months ago reply
  • iver mectin

    the vaccination was his biggest joke! Lets all get a shot toooooo
    3 months ago reply
  • Pajeet

    Lol
    4 months ago reply
  • me

    Of COURSE it isn't. It is just a coincidence that it happened 24 hours after he got the shot.
    4 months ago reply
  • ST

    How does the Dr know this is not vaccine related when this is a new vaccine with little data
    4 months ago reply
    • rayan

      Doctors can say any nonsense as they have piece of paper from University which says Doctor
      4 months ago reply
  • sowhat

    lol
    4 months ago reply
  • Singampuli

    Vivk was fine
    4 months ago reply
  • John

    Vaccines are for the cattle class.
    5 months ago reply
  • Victor

    More than a hundred post vaccine deaths have been reported so far in India but the actual number may be much higher. People have totally mistaken notions about the vaccines and the risks involved due to intense vaccine propaganda from the govt.
    5 months ago reply
  • Karthik

    There are no Sudras or Thalith. All are human beings. Hence give respect and get respect.
    5 months ago reply
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