Stroke it can be fatal even deadly, but at weekends the chance of death for stroke patients is increasing. Why is that?

Research from Imperial College London and the National Audit Office has revealed that thousands of stroke patients died in vain or suffer serious disability each year because of an attack at the weekend.

This occurs because patients treated in hospital on Saturday or Sunday are less likely to get urgent treatment. Recovery becomes more difficult because senior doctors are not present, as well as tests and scans were not immediately available on weekends.

In that study, researchers used the data of stroke patients in the hospital from April 2009 until March 2010, accounting for nearly 100,000 patient admissions.

Researchers found that the services provided in hospitals on weekends is lower than the working day. On weekends only 43.1 percent of patients who danced the brain scan, compared to 47.6 per cent on weekdays.

Mortality of stroke patients also increased over the weekend. On Sunday, the death of stroke patients reach 11 percent, compared to an average of 8.9 percent on weekdays.

“We calculate that about 350 cases of potential in-hospital death, which occurred in a year can actually be avoided. And an additional 650 people can be repatriated to his home in 56 days if the performance on the working day can be done on weekends,” explained the researchers, whose results has been published in the Archives of Neurology, as reported by Dailymail, Saturday (14/07/2012).