Can you hold that heart attack until office hours?

Published: March, 2014

In the average hospital, artery-opening angioplasty gets started sooner if you have a heart attack during office hours. The delay is relatively small, though, so don't wait until 7 a.m. to get to the hospital.

There's no good time to have a heart attack. It happens when it happens, totally out of your control. If you're lucky enough to have yours during regular hospital hours (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.), you might be treated a bit faster, according to one study.

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