Study finds heart attacks more likely to result in death on evenings and weekends

According to a study published in the British Medical Journal on Tuesday, January 21, patients who  suffer from heart attacks and seek medical help at hospitals on the weekend or evening are more likely to die.

In the study, researchers found that victims of heart attacks who sought help from hospitals on evenings or during the weekends had 5% higher chance of dying at the hospital or within a month of suffering from the heart attack when compared with patients who were hospitalized during weekdays. The authors of the study got their data from nearly 50 previous studies that studied around 2 million U.S., European, and Canadian patients.

One reason for the results given by the authors included the fact that patients suffering from a severe heart attack have to wait at least 15 minutes longer at night or on the weekend to get an angioplasty to open clogged arteries. Research co-author Atsushi Sorita also stated that the increased death rate of heart attack patients could be due to hospitals not providing proper care to patients during night and weekend hours.

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