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Study: Weekend strokes more severe

November 2, 2010 9:50:24 AM PDT
People who are treated for stroke over a weekend tend to fare worse than those who are treated during the week.

Canadian researchers found that people who checked into a hospital on the weekend had more severe strokes than those who came in during the week.

In the journal Neurology researchers report that 8 percent of those who arrived on the weekend died within seven days, compared to 7 percent who came in during the week.

But doctors stress that say people should never delay treatment if they think they are having a stroke.

Symptoms include sudden weakness of the face or a limb, sudden confusion, trouble speaking or walking or a sudden headache.


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