Hispanic patients in need of a heart transplant are 50 percent more likely to die before they get one that white patients, according to a U.S. study.
Previous studies found that black patients fared poorly after transplants compared to whites, but less was known about how different racial groups do while they are waiting for a donor organ.
“The knowledge of disparity is usually the first step in ultimately getting rid of it,” said Tajinder Singh from Boston Children’s Hospital, who led the study that appeared in the journal Circulation.
Singh and his team gathered data from the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which maintains the wait list for patients needing an organ. More than 10,000 people were added to the list to receive a heart between July 2006 and September 2010.