French cardiovascular mortality did not increase during 1996 European football championshipBMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7297.1306 (Published 26 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1306
- L Toubiana, researcher (email@example.com),
- T Hanslik, doctor in internal medicine,
- L Letrilliart, medical epidemiologist
- INSERM Unit 444, Saint-Antoine Medicine Faculty, Paris VI University, Paris, France
EDITOR—Witte et al found a significant increase in mortality from coronary heart disease and stroke in Dutch men aged ≥45 on the day that the Dutch team was eliminated by the French from the 1996 European football championship compared with the five days before and after the match (relative risk 1.51; 95% confidence interval 1.08 to 2.09).1 We reassessed this hypothesis using corresponding French data.
The match had an audience of 4.7 million television viewers in France (around 8% of the French population). We performed the same time series analysis as Witte et al on …