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Reported July 3, 2013

Black Patients with PAD at Higher Risk of Death?

(Ivanhoe Newswire) –A recent study shows that the risk of death is higher among black patients with peripheral arterial disease, which is a known risk factor associated with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. 

Jimmy T. Efird, PhD, MSc, lead study author, Alan P. Kypson, MD, senior author, and colleagues used data from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University to analyze medical records for 13,053 patients who had first time CABG surgery.  A total of 1,501 patients, or 11.5 percent, had PAD at the time of surgery.  Out of that number researchers found that the average survival for black patients was 8 years, compared to 9.5 years for white patients. 

“Our results highlight that the quality and quantity of health care should be extended to all groups for improved overall health and maximization of long-term survival after CABG surgery,” Dr. Efird was quoted as saying.

For more information, go to: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/the-annals-of-thoracic-surgery/

SOURCE:  The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, July 2013

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