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Black Patients More Likely to Get Riskier Heart Surgeries

Friday, January 6, 2023

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Steven Reinberg

A study found that insured Black patients who need mitral valve replacement surgery are more likely to undergo open heart surgery, while their white counterparts are more likely to have minimally invasive surgery. These disparities in care may be due most Black patients being treated at under-resourced hospitals, or where minimally invasive surgeries and experienced surgeons are not available. 

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