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If You're Going to Have A Stroke, Have It During the Week

By Lisa Angotti     Mar 8, 2007 in Health
A study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association found that of patients who had strokes, more died if their strokes were over the weekend.
Weekday strokes are the best kind to have. That is, they are less deadly than ones suffered on Saturday or Sunday.
Out of Canada comes a study that found more patients died from stokes occurring during the weekend. Other illnesses have been found to also become more serious if suffered on the weekends.
The study is the first of its kind to focus on ischemic stoke, the type of stroke caused by a blood clot blocking blood flowing through an artery or to your brain.
"If the 'weekend effect' occurs in a socialized health care system (like Canada's), it is likely that the effect may be larger in other settings," said Dr. Gustavo Saposnik, director of the Stroke Research Unit Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto and lead author of the study.
The findings were based on research in 2003 and 2004 in Canadian hospitals. One fourth of patients admitted were brought in on the weekends, and those patients had a 14 percent greater risk of dying.
The question was brought up that perhaps hospitals were lacking the same quality of care on the weekends.
"Although the differences in weekend admission found in this study may be real, the potential benefits of obtaining early treatment would well outweigh the risk of waiting," said Dr. Larry Goldstein, chair of the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association.
Despite the findings, everyone is encouraged to use common sense and report to the hospital immediately if they are suffering stroke symptoms.
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