Blacks Less Likely to Get Expensive, Newer Heart Treatments

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Blacks and Heart Treatments

Blacks who suffer the most common type of cardiac ischemia, non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome, are less likely than whites to receive expensive or newer evidence-based treatments, according to a report in a special disparities themed issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

"While previous studies evaluating disparities in cardiac care have mostly focused on disparities in the use of heart catheterization between blacks and whites, this study takes a closer look at a wide range of recommended treatment options.