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By Alabama News Network

A new study from the American Heart Association finds heart attack patients who arrive at the hospital during the evening or on weekends or holidays have a 13% higher risk of dying compared to patients who arrive during normal workday hours.

Researchers blame the discrepancy on hospital staffing. If someone has an emergency in the middle of the night, doctors often need to be paged and called in for surgery and that takes time.

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