Heart Attack Death Rates Increases On Weekends

A national study looked at more than 230,000 heart attack cases.

The study uncovered a small increase in the death rate for patients admitted over the weekend compared to weekday admissions.

Research suggested it was linked to the level of care provided on the weekend.

We talked to officials at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend.

They said locally, whether it is a Saturday or a Monday, you are going to receive the same service.

In fact, according to a study, 100% of St. Joe's patients have been taken care of in the required 90 minute time frame.

Experts say a lot of it has to do with the help from EMT’s.

Director of Cardio Vascular Services, Tim Deblaey says, “They know what to do immediately and start the whole pro-call on the way in. The hospital is already notified, ER doctors are ready the lab is notified so that the patient goes smoothly through the system. That happens of the weekends as well as during the week.”

He also said does not let the statistics scare you.

Time is of essence when dealing with a heart attack, so get to an emergency room as soon as possible.

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