About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Women, Blacks Less Likely To Receive Implantable Heart Devices Than Whites

by Medindia Content Team on October 4, 2007 at 5:15 PM
Font : A-A+

Women, Blacks Less Likely To Receive Implantable Heart Devices Than Whites

Women and blacks are less likely than white men to receive implantable cardiac defibrillators, according to two studies led by Duke University researchers and published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Defibrillators are designed to deliver electrical pulses to help a heart beat properly, according to the Journal. Medicare coverage for implantable defibrillators expanded in late 2004, USA Today reports (Rubin, USA Today, 10/3). According to the Los Angeles Times, the devices cost about $30,000 to $40,000 and have been shown to prolong life in 31% to 50% of patients who receive them.

Advertisement

For one of the studies, Lesley Curtis, an assistant professor of medicine at Duke, and colleagues examined data from a national sample of 237,000 Medicare beneficiaries from 1999 through 2005. The average age of the beneficiaries was 75. The researchers found that 32.3 of 1,000 men and 8.6 of 1,000 women who in 2005 met the Medicare coverage criteria to have a defibrillator implanted had the device implanted within one year. Black patients were 30% less likely than white patients to receive a defibrillator, according to the study.

In addition, the study found that among beneficiaries who previously had experienced a cardiac event, men were about 2.5 times more likely than women to receive a defibrillator within one year. Among those who already had experienced a cardiac event, 102.2 of every 1,000 men and 38.4 of every 1,000 women received a defibrillator. The risk of death in the year following implantation was 35% lower among those who received the device, the study found.

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
VEN/C
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Top 7 Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
Healthy and Safer Thanksgiving 2021
Long-Term Glycemic Control - A Better Measure of COVID-19 Severity
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Heart Healthy Heart Statins Mitral Valve Prolapse Aortic Valve Stenosis Pericarditis 

Recommended Reading
Implanted Heart Device Holds Fort Till Heart Transplant
According to a study, a new heart-assisting pump does a good job in helping severely ill ......
Aortic Valve Stenosis
Aortic valve Stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the c valve. Symptoms include angina, and that of ...
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mitral Valve Prolapse is a relatively common condition and causes leakage of blood through the valve...
Pericarditis
Pericarditis occurs when the pericardium gets inflamed. Pericarditis is characterized by severe ches...
Statins
Statins are new wonder drugs that are proving to be efficacious, not merely in relieving symptoms bu...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use