Survival rates after heart surgery are lower among poor

04/8/2010 | HealthDay News

A U.S. study showed poor patients who had heart surgery were 19% to 26% more likely to die within five years compared with their more affluent peers, regardless of race or gender. Researchers said survival rates might improve if poor patients had better access to preventive care and long-term interventions and enrolled in cardiac rehab programs.

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