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French cardiovascular mortality did not increase during 1996 European football championship

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 26 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1306
  1. L Toubiana, researcher (,
  2. T Hanslik, doctor in internal medicine,
  3. L Letrilliart, medical epidemiologist
  1. 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 …

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