Study Finds White People Twice As Likely as Black People To Receive Heart Failure Treatment

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A new study from the journal Circulation: Heart Failure finds that white people were twice as likely as Black people to receive a heart failure treatment like a transplant or a ventricular assist device.

From July 2015 to June 2016, 377 adults were treated for heart failure, and 27% of the participants were Black. Published on October 19, the data revealed that a heart transplant or a ventricular assist device was performed in only 11% of Black patients. However, 22% of the White patients received the life-saving treatment. The death rate was 18% for Black patients and 13% for white patients.

In this Nov. 28, 2016 photo, a physician monitors medical information on a group of displays during an open heart surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

An author of the study said in a news release, “As physicians and health care providers, we must find ways to create equitable change.”


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