Heart attacks don’t happen on a schedule. So how do patients fare if they suffer a heart attack while many cardiologists are away at academic meetings or research conferences? The answer depends on the type of heart attack, according to new research from Harvard Medical School.

According to research published March 9 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, heart attack sufferers who receive treatment during periods when interventional cardiologists are away at academic conferences are more likely to survive in the month after their heart attack than patients receiving treatment during matched days in the weeks surrounding the conferences.

Link to full HMS release on study led by MGH physician Anupam Jena.