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Black Heart Failure Patients Less Likely to See a Cardiologist

Medical Worker Nurse Talking with Senior Patient

According to a study published in the April 30 issue of Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), white patients with heart failure were more likely than black patients with heart failure to receive primary care from a cardiologist. Black male patients were half as likely than white men to have such care, while black women were 30 percent less likely than white women to receive such care. These racial disparities are significant because prior studies have shown that obtaining primary care from a cardiologist improves in-hospital survival rates. Read more at the article.