Researchers say that among patients who have had a heart attack, blacks are
significantly less likely to get treatment to reopen their heart's blocked
The study's authors say they are not sure why this difference exists. They
add that they don't think it is a matter of racism but suggest it could be more
difficult to tell whether black patients are eligible for this type of
The researchers stress that more study is needed. Until more is learned,
they urge patients to educate themselves about heart disease and ask their
doctors about their treatment.