Effects of the Paris attacks on cardiovascular hospitalisation in Toulouse

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Observing a sharp increase in admissions in their cardiovascular unit directly following the 2015 Paris attacks, Atul Pathak (National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) UMR-1048, Institute of Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases, Toulouse, France) and his team hypothesised that the sudden increase of activity in their department might be stress-induced. Looking at data such as rate and aetiology of admission over the three days of the attacks compared with a control group, they were able to confirm a strong link between stress and the incidence of coronary syndrome, heart failure and arrhythmia. In this PCR video, Pathak discusses their findings.