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Business hours is optimal time to have a heart attack

People who arrive at the hospital with a heart attack during business hours are more likely to survive than those who show up on weeknights, weekends or holidays. [s]Reuters Health[/s] reports that the study, which included more than 50,000 severe heart attacks between 2007 and 2010 in the US, found that rates of hospital death were very low overall, at just over 4%. But some life-saving treatments can take longer to get to patients during off hours, which makes care less than optimal. When the researchers adjusted for a variety of patient characteristics, they found those who arrived at the hospital during off hours were about 13% more likely to die from any cause.

[link url=http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/29/us-heart-attacks-hospitals-idUSKBN0FY26I20140729]Full Reuters Health report[/link]
[link url=http://circoutcomes.ahajournals.org/content/early/2014/07/29/CIRCOUTCOMES.113.000740.abstract?sid=3c839319-a36b-4899-832d-8facde771e88]Circulation abstract[/link]

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