Asian-Americans are more likely to die in the hospital following a heart attack than whites, new research reveals, although this disparity was reduced over time in hospitals participating in a quality improvement program.
In the study, doctors examined certain measures of care — such as whether a patient was prescribed aspirin or ACE inhibitors (heart drugs) at the time of discharge — on 107,403 Asian-American and white heart attack patients. The study encompassed five years, from 2003 to 2008.
Asian-Americans were less likely to be given aspirin or counseling on how to quit smoking after they left the hospital. They were also more likely than whites to receive lipid-lowering therapy.
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