Navigation Links
Poor More Likely to Die Following Heart Surgery
Date:4/7/2010

No matter what race or gender, poor people have higher death rates than rich within first decade

WEDNESDAY, April 7 (HealthDay News) -- Poor people are more likely to die within five to 10 years after heart surgery than more affluent people, U.S. researchers report.

They followed 15,156 white men, 6,932 white women, 678 black men and 564 black women who had heart bypass or valve surgery between 1995 and 2005 and found that the poorest patients were 19 to 26 percent more likely to die within five years of surgery than the wealthiest patients, regardless of race or gender.

"We were surprised that consistently and pervasively, through every way of looking at the data, it turns out this isn't about skin color or gender. It's about being poor," study author Colleen G. Koch, a cardiac anesthesiologist and vice chair for research and education in the department of cardiothoracic anesthesia at the Cleveland Clinic, said in a news release.

However, the researchers did find that poor patients were significantly more likely to be black and female.

Koch and colleagues also found that poorer patients had more atherosclerosis, serious cardiovascular disease, prior heart attacks, left ventricular dysfunction, heart failure, high blood pressure, prior stroke, peripheral artery disease, treated diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. They were also more likely to be smokers.

The study appears in the current issue of the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Poorer patients didn't have a significantly higher death rate while in hospital immediately after surgery. Factors such as financial problems, educational barriers, and lack of referrals to cardiac rehabilitation programs may contribute to increased risk of death among poor patients in the years after heart surgery, Koch said.

Their survival rates might increase through improved access to primary prevention, earlier identification of risk factors, better access to long-term interventions, and enrollment in cardiac rehab programs, Koch said. Cardiac rehab typically includes monitored exercise, nutritional counseling, emotional support, and education.

More information

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons explains what to expect after heart surgery.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, April 6, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Blacks Less Likely to Get Follow-Up Colon Screening
2. Breast cancer patients with BRCA mutations 4 times more likely to get cancer in opposite breast
3. Those Who Enjoy Life More Likely to Be Happy at Work
4. In Pregnancy, Leg Clots More Likely on Left Side
5. Minority women least likely to gain access to a doctor, study says
6. Mexican Americans less likely than whites to call 9-1-1 for stroke
7. Black Women Least Likely to Breast-Feed in U.S.
8. Patients Who Take a Proton-Pump Inhibitor With Medicine to Prevent Blood Clots Are Less Likely to Be Hospitalized for Bleeding Ulcers
9. Anti-obesity drugs unlikely to provide lasting benefit according to scientists
10. Older Colon Cancer Patients Less Likely to Get Chemo
11. Football Injuries More Likely on Certain Artificial Turf
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... ... further expand its existing adherence automation lines. The ATP® Mini and InspectRx® ... technology of TCG’s standard products, but at a size and price point that ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... ... since 2014, top travel insurance solution company VisitorsCoverage Inc. has launched TMQuotes, a ... major international travel insurance products online, under their own brand. The online marketplace ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... 2017 , ... A local summer theatre camp is celebrating ... support fine arts programs in Chester County’s Elementary Schools. In late June, students ... , More than 850 people attended the two performances, an increase from ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... July 19, 2017 , ... Med Tech ... the Minnesota based Health IT business unit of Constellation Inc., a move that will ... established base of operations in St. Louis, the acquisition is expected to help ...
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 19, 2017 , ... A July 5th ... weight loss surgery patients who had received a body contouring procedure reported experiencing a ... clinic Beverly Hills Physicians (BHP), which provides both types of procedures, notes that this ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/13/2017)... July 13, 2017  Centurion Medical Products, a leader in medical ... ® fecal impaction removal device for hospice patient care. ... Centurion Medical Products ... Patient pain management and emotional comfort are ... help alleviate patient pain while preventing unneeded emergency department admission due ...
(Date:7/12/2017)... Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ) has entered ... patent litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern ... ® (tadalafil) unit dose patent. This patent was previously ... the agreement, Cialis exclusivity is now expected to end at ... dose patent for Cialis is valid and infringed by companies ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... July 11, 2017  Sysmex America, Inc., a ... testing equipment as well as middleware information systems ... to make quality assurance easier and more risk ... well known for the innovation that it delivers ... elevates quality assurance processes to a new level ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: