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Strokes at night more likely to delay care

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 10 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:959
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Orlando

    Patients who have strokes during the night wait 4-7 hours longer to seek emergency treatment than those whose strokes occur during the day, according to a US study.

    This delay in seeking medical help is important because the type of treatment a stroke patient receives is partly determined by the length of time since the stroke began, warned researcher Dr Wayne Rosamond, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, …

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