White males most likely to receive simple procedure for heart disease
October 9, 2007Two new studies from Duke University show that white males are three times as likely as females or black males to receive an implantable device that shocks a heart not working correctly into having a normal rhythm, reports the News & Observer. These studies are part of the growing body of evidence that physicians treat women and minorities differently than white males.
The device can be implanted with a minor surgery, says the News and Observer. Black men received the device 25% less often than white males.
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