Study: Strokes more likely to kill if they happen on the weekends

Nov 22, 2010

Strokes on the weekend are deadlier

The fatality rate among stroke victims is higher on the weekends than during the work week, according to the results of a study published in the latest issue of the journal Neurology.

Researchers, after accounting for the effects of admission rates and stroke frequency differences between weekends and weekdays, found that fatality rates among stroke patients were still noticeably higher - by about 12 percent - if the victims were admitted on the weekend.

Dr. Moira Kapral, the lead author of the study, told the Los Angeles Times that the difference in mortality rate was likely due to the combination of numerous minor oversights in stroke care. While previous studies have noted the discrepancy in fatalities between weekend and weekday stroke cases, Dr. Kapral's study is the first to hint at the possible causes.

The best chance to avoid death by stroke, of course, is to maintain a healthy lifestyle to promote good cardiovascular health. Experts say this can also help a person enjoy lower rates on health or life insurance policies.

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