FAA says “new scientific evidence” justified widening the acceptable range for heart rhythms. Medical experts disagree on whether change is “shocking” or “benign and practical” given the pilot shortage. CDC called out for changing methodology to “get the result you want.”

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Federal agencies are withholding the data behind recent decisions that relate or may relate to COVID-19 vaccines and severe adverse events, fueling speculation that they are putting both vaccinated and unvaccinated lives at risk.

The Federal Aviation Administration told Just the News it widened the acceptable range of heart rhythms for commercial pilots, who were initially subject to industry-wide vaccine mandates, in light of “[n]ew scientific evidence” that it has yet to specify.

The Oct. 26 update to the heart arrhythmias section of the FAA Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners made two key changes. 

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The agency raised the maximum so-called PR interval for the first-degree atrioventricular block to 300 milliseconds, with no regard to age, on the list of “normal variants” that don’t require deferment in the absence of “symptoms or AME concerns.” 

For intervals longer than 300 ms, the FAA will make the call based on evaluations by examiners. The previous maximum PR interval for AV block was 210 milliseconds, but only in pilots under age 51.

FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor provided a modified version of the statement the agency released last spring after American Airlines pilot Robert Snow blamed his in-flight cardiac arrest on coerced vaccination.

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