Black people less likely than white peers to get heart valve replacements, study shows

Dr. Alkhouli was not involved in the research study.

For the study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, scientists took a look at EHR information from 2007 to 2017 for 32,853 people with extreme aortic valve stenosis, a condition in which the heart valve malfunctions and may leak blood.

” This research study is very essential since for the very first time it records a clear racial disparity amongst those who are currently diagnosed. It gets to the bottom of the disparity so we can start to fix it,” said Mohamad Adnan Alkhouli, MD, a cardiologist at Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, according to a media release from the American Heart Association.

Black individuals with malfunctioning heart valves are less most likely to get replacements than their white counterparts, a new research study programs.

In general, just 36 percent of the patients got the heart valve replacement procedure within a year of their medical diagnoses. Of those who underwent the procedure, 22.9 percent were Black while 31 percent were white.

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