-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic and white
patients' chances of surviving hospitalization for heart failure
can differ based on their level of heart function, according to new
For the study, researchers reviewed data from Hispanic and white
patients treated between 2005-2010 at 247 U.S. hospitals
participating in the American Heart Association's Get With the
Guidelines-Heart Failure program. The findings are published March
13 in the journal
Circulation: Heart Failure.
Among patients with normal heart function, Hispanics were more
likely than whites to survive their hospital stay. Among patients
with reduced heart function, there were no differences in hospital
survival between Hispanic and white patients, the investigators
The study authors also pointed out that quality of care was the
same for both groups of patients and improved over the five-year
"One possible reason for the survival difference between heart failure patients with preserved heart function is that Hispanics tend to be younger and may not be as sick as hospitalized white heart failure patients," lead author Dr. Rey Vivo, a fellow in the cardiology division at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center in Houston, said in a journal news release.
"That could be because Hispanics are more likely to have inadequate or no health insurance. So, they are more likely to go to the hospital for their care, versus seeking care in doctors' offices or outpatient clinics," Vivo explained.
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more
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