This article examines the relationship between race and treatment for acute myocardial infarction. Patients with acute myocardial infarction who are admitted to hospitals without revascularization capacities are often transferred to hospitals with revascularization capacities, but little is known about racial disparities during these hospitalizations.
The authors evaluated data from 25,947 White and 2,345 Black Medicare beneficiaries with acute myocardial infarction at hospitals without revascularization. Data came from the 2006 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review. Researchers studied the speed at which patients were transferred to revascularization hospitals and the 30-day mortality rates of revascularization hospitals.
This research suggests that there are substantial disparities in the treatment of White and Black patients in need of revascularization services following acute myocardial infarctions.