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Don't Have a Heart Attack Over Christmas

If you have a heart attack in the United States over the winter holidays, you're more likely to die than if you were admitted during the rest of the year. It appears that the quality of many health care facilities diminishes during the holiday season, and other studies have found that patients with different types of illnesses tend to fare worse if they are admitted to the hospital on weekends instead of during the week. While other businesses may be able to relax a little over the holiday season without taking much of a hit, health care facilities must be functioning at their best 24-7 or peoples' lives are at stake. Unfortunately, hospitals make many serious mistakes even when it's not the holiday season.

Yahoo! News March 8, 2004

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