Dr Frank Yap, M.D.: LeBron James’ Eldest Son’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Physician Recommends 4 Heart-Healthy Foods; There was a significant increase in myocarditis cases following the initial rollout

by Paul Alexander

of COVID-19 vaccines two years ago.

By Dr Frank Yap, M.D. - August 14, 2023

Bronny James, the 18-year-old son of NBA Lakers star LeBron James, experienced a sudden cardiac arrest during basketball training at the University of Southern California on July 25, 2023 and was immediately taken to the hospital. He was discharged three days later and is currently recovering at home.


In June 2023, Oscar Cabrera Adames, a Dominican professional basketball player, tragically died at the young age of 28 due to heart disease. He claimed to have developed myocarditis after receiving two doses of the vaccine.

There was a significant increase in myocarditis cases following the initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccines two years ago. A large-scale statistical study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2021 involving over 2 million people found that before vaccination (2019 to 2021), the mean number of myocarditis or myopericarditis cases per month was approximately 16.9, while during the vaccination period (February to May 2021), the mean number of cases increased to 27.3 per month.

Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle, while pericarditis is inflammation of the fibrous tissue surrounding the heart. The study also revealed that younger individuals are more likely to experience myocarditis after vaccination, whereas pericarditis is more prevalent than myocarditis among older individuals.

In July 2023, Canadian researchers published a systematic review in the BMJ Open, an affiliated journal of the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The study revealed that while the observed number of myocarditis or pericarditis cases was not significant, individuals who received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines had a twofold higher risk of developing myocarditis or pericarditis compared to those who were not vaccinated in the absence of COVID-19 infection.

A study published in 2022 in the journal Nature Reviews Cardiology, an affiliated journal of the prestigious journal Nature, revealed that the highest incidence of myocarditis happened after the second dose of the vaccine, and the majority of cases occurred in young men. Additionally, most cases were reported within three to four days after vaccination.

The authors suggest that the occurrence of myocarditis in individuals after receiving mRNA vaccines is rare, and it usually resolves within a few days or weeks. They believe that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks and, therefore, recommend adolescents and adults to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Caution Against Vigorous Exercise After Heart Inflammation

On the NTDTV program “Health 1+1,” Dr. Yuhong Dong, a virologist and infectious disease specialist in Europe, pointed out that the incidence of myocarditis and pericarditis demonstrates a linear upward trend after vaccination. Dr. Dong believes that vaccination cannot completely prevent the spread of the virus, as gene expression, overall health conditions, and immune strength vary among individuals. Therefore, vaccination does not guarantee immunity, and not getting vaccinated does not necessarily lead to infection.

In the program, Dr. Dong also shared four recovery tips for patients with heart inflammation.

  1. Rest and avoid strenuous exercise and heavy physical labor for the next six months, refraining from activities that put a strain on the heart.

  2. Be mindful of your diet and avoid consuming stimulants that can affect the heart, like beverages containing caffeine.

  3. Maintain a healthy lifestyle, balance work and rest, avoid staying up late, and manage emotions.

  4. Follow hospital treatment and engage in both physical and mental exercises to support full recovery of the heart.

4 Heart-Healthy Foods Experts Recommend

On the NTDTV program “Health 1+1,” Jonathan Liu, a Chinese medicine professor at Georgian College in Canada, recommended four heart-healthy foods:

  1. Carrots are rich in carotenoids and vitamin A, which not only strengthen eyesight but also support the health of epithelial tissues, enhance immune function, protect various organs, and clear free radicals. Studies have found that individuals who consume more carotenoids have a lower risk of developing various cardiovascular diseases.

  2. Blueberries contain anthocyanins, which can prevent oxidative reactions, thus protecting heart and vascular health. They also contain anti-inflammatory compounds that can reduce the risk of heart disease.

  3. Black fungus is known for its ability to reduce blood viscosity, which helps prevent blood clots.

  4. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a natural antioxidant that neutralizes harmful free radicals and helps prevent the worsening of heart inflammation. A study (pdf) indicated that having a high concentration of lycopene in the blood can lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.