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Higher death risk from after-hours heart attack: Study

Published on Jan 22, 2014 7:55 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Heart-attack patients admitted to hospital at night or on weekends run a five-per cent higher risk of dying than those treated during regular hours, researchers said on Tuesday.

In the United States (US) alone, this translates to an extra 6,000 deaths per year, they reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The study was an overview of 48 published investigations into the outcome of nearly 1.9 million people hospitalised with an acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack.

Twenty of the investigations were carried out in the US or Canada, 16 in European countries, and the others were either multinational or conducted in Australia, Brazil, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Thailand or Turkey.

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