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Black Heart Failure Patients Less Likely to See a Cardiologist

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 — Among heart failure patients, black people are much less likely than white people to have their care overseen by a cardiologist, a new study finds.
Previous research has shown that receiving care primarily from a cardiologist improves in-hospital survival rates for heart failure patients.
In the new study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 105,000 heart failure patients admitted to intensive care units at 497 U.S. hospitals from 2010 to 2014. About 20 percent of the patients were black and the rest were white.
Overall, white patients were 40 percent more likely than black patients to receive primary care from a cardiologist, the findings showed. Black men were 50 percent less likely than white men to do so, and black women were 30 percent less likely than…
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