Scientists found racial disparities in presentation and outcomes in emergency room patients with potential acute coronary syndrome.

Summary: NINR-supported researchers found racial disparities in clinical presentation and outcomes for patients presenting to the emergency department with potential acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Disparities included more risk factors, more numerous and more severe symptoms, and poorer outcomes one month after discharge from the hospital among black patients compared to white patients. Understanding racial disparities in the symptom experience of ACS may inform the development of interventions for those at risk for ACS.

DeVon HA, Burke LA, Nelson H, Zerwic JJ, Riley B. Disparities in patients presenting to the emergency department with potential acute coronary syndrome: it matters if you are Black or White. Heart Lung. 2014 Jul-Aug;43(4):270-7. PMID: 24992880