Racial disparity in U.S. heart rhythm treatment suggests bias in medicine

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By Linda Carroll

Black patients in the U.S. with atrial fibrillation — an irregular heart rhythm — are less likely to receive the medications that would help prevent stroke, the most dangerous outcome of the condition, compared to whites and Hispanics, according to a new study.

The study involved more than 12,000 patients with atrial fibrillation, often called AFib or AF. When researchers took socioeconomic factors into account, the overall difference in treatment with any kind of blood thinner between blacks and others narrowed. But black patients put on blood thinners were still less likely to receive…

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