Race may play a role in heart failure treatment

New study finds that black and Latin patients are less likely than their white counterparts to be referred to specialty cardiology care.

Oct. 29 (UPI) — For heart failure patients, skin color may play a role in the quality of care they receive, a new study suggests.

In an analysis published Tuesday in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure, researchers from Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston found that black and Latin Americans admitted to the facility with the condition were less likely to be evaluated and treated by physicians in its specialized cardiac care unit than white patients with the same symptoms.

The study is just the latest to highlight racial disparities in healthcare services in the United States.

“Our results highlight that structural inequities are pervasive throughout healthcare delivery systems,” Lauren Eberly, a fellow in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, told UPI. “We hope other healthcare systems, institutions, and clinicians will be equally committed to addressing inequities in their own contexts, systems, and care settings.”


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