Direct effects of December 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris on cardiovascular hospitalisation in Toulouse

European Days of the French Society of Cardiology 2016

Summary

Based on a recent experience, Atul Pathak, France, asserts: “When you look at a patient, do not forget stress as a major factor for cardiovascular disease”.

Observing a sharp increase in admissions in their cardiovascular unit directly following a surge of terrorist attacks in Paris in late 2015, A. Pathak and his team hypothesised that the sudden increase of activity in their department might be stress-induced. Looking at data such as rate and etiology of admission over the 3 days of the attacks compared to a control group, they were able to confirm a strong link between stress and the incidence of coronary syndrome, heart failure and arrhythmia.