Studies have shown that patients who have a heart attack at night time or on the weekend have less chance of survival after hospital admission!
The reason is that hospitals do not have the same staffing or access to heart procedures such as catheterizations or surgery at night. This results in delay of critical procedures. There may even be a delay in diagnosis of the heart attack if the Emergency Department is short staffed.
Survival of a heart attack is 19.8 percent for weekdays, but only 14.7 percent for nights and weekends.
Studies have also shown that patients who have strokes on the weekend have a higher mortality rate.