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Age, Sex, Racial Disparities in Heart Attack Hospital Transfer Patterns

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Heart Attack

Older, female and minority patients rushed to community hospitals with acute heart attacks are less likely to be transferred to a larger hospital that offers procedures to immediately open clogged arteries, Duke University Medical Center cardiologists have found.

The finding of such disparities is important, the researchers assert, since research has shown that even with the added transfer time, patients with an acute heart attack still fare better with artery-opening procedures - such as angioplasty or bypass surgery