The Brain, The Heart & Voodoo Death:

how mental stress can be really bad for you

Abnormal heart rhythms are really common: 1 in 20 of us will experience a heart rhythm problem during our lives. There's a wealth of evidence linking stressful events with the most serious forms of abnormal heart rhythms, taking in voodoo death, world cup football and SCUD missile attacks, as well as more everyday anger and shock. Malcolm will share the tales of discovery of these links, and how science is catching up with the mechanisms behind them.



Malcolm Finlay is a Consultant Cardiologist and Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. He has a particular research interest into how abnormal heart rhythms arise, and a clinical interest into how to put them right. His research has recently demonstrated how mental stress can predispose to heart rhythm problems, and he is now examining the mechanisms in heart cells that can lead to this. Other than Science and the NHS, Malcolm has made several short films, rides a fixie and is currently learning to fly an aeroplane.

7:00 PM @ Rolling Stock 

* Entrance over 18


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