Differences remain in heart attack treatments for black patients

African-American man clutching his chest. (iStock)By American Heart Association News

Black patients hospitalized for heart attacks continue to receive different medical treatment than white patients, according to a new study that explored whether previously reported racial differences in care have faded.

Researchers found that black heart attack patients were less likely than white patients to undergo aggressive medical procedures or be given certain types of medications normally prescribed under common treatment guidelines.

Although racial differences in medical care “are well documented,” according to the study published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers were investigating whether those disparities had gotten better or worse over time.

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