When Heart-Assisting Implants Could Save a Life, Patients Who Are Black or Female Don’t Get Them as Often

August 1, 2022

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A new study from the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center and Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, is addressing race and gender-based discrimination in healthcare, specifically for heart failure patients. Thomas Cascino, M.D., M.S., a cardiologist, and health equity researcher at Michigan Medicine and lead author, suggests there are clear racial disparities in cases where there is “wiggle room” for clinicians to decide which patients would benefit the most from a left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) for heart failure. The study concludes that black people and women, who would be considered good candidates for the operation, are less likely to receive the treatment than white patients or male patients.

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