More people are diagnosed with heart attacks and other serious heart conditions on Mondays than any other day of the week, new research shows.
An analysis of 45,221 heart patients treated over a four-year period revealed the number of people going to an emergency department with heart conditions was 27 per cent higher on a Monday than any other day.
The National Heart Foundation of Australia said the data suggested people were ignoring warning signs and delaying treatment until after weekends.
The charity's health director, Rachelle Foreman, warned that early diagnosis and treatment of any heart problem, especially a heart attack, was vital for a person's chances of survival.
She said people who were treated within an hour of their first symptom had the greatest chance of surviving, and going on to have a good quality of life.
The warning signs can include pain, tightness in the upper body with nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness or a cold sweat.