Undated (WXOW) - Getting hospital treatment quickly is the key to the best medical outcome
following a stroke.
Now a British study in the "Archives of Neurology" renews concerns about the so-called "weekend effect."
If you have a stroke on the weekend, you may face a steeper recovery curve.
Studying more than 90-thousand stroke patients, researchers evaluated such indicators of stroke care as; availability of brain scans, clot treatments, 30 day re-admission rates and seven-day mortality rates.
The results showed poorer outcomes and lower treatment levels in all but one of the measurements on weekends.
The authors say their work strongly suggests that stroke patients admitted to hospitals on the weekend are less likely to receive urgent treatment resulting in worse outcomes.
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