Focused JACC Series Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in CV Care

A new nine-part focus seminar series, published Dec. 6 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, looks at how race and ethnicity impact multiple facets of cardiovascular care, including hypertension management, diabetes and obesity, heart failure (HF), atrial fibrillation, quality of care and more.

“This JACC Focus Seminar Series provides narrative assessments of where we are today in nine cardiovascular conditions and shares insights on how we chart the path forward for addressing related health disparities,” said George A. Mensah, MD, FACC, and JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, in an accompanying introduction article. “A common theme throughout this seminar series is the importance of social determinants of health as a root cause of the observed racial and ethnic disparities. Taking action to pave the way for health equity in cardiology is important.”

Throughout the series, the researchers note that implementation of proven strategies such as team-based care and an active fostering of positive partnerships between clinicians and patients are essential for underserved racial and ethnic minority groups. Other themes highlighted throughout the series include access to adequate and timely diagnoses and treatments, increasing diversity in clinical trials, access to proper health insurance coverage and the need for social justice approaches to health care.

Access each of the papers below:

  1. Race, Ethnicity, Hypertension and Heart Disease
  2. Cardiovascular Impact of Race and Ethnicity in Patients with Diabetes and Obesity
  3. Race and Ethnicity Considerations in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease and Stroke
  4. Valvular Heart Disease in Relation to Race and Ethnicity
  5. Race and Ethnic Considerations in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
  6. Associations of Race and Ethnicity with Presentation and Outcomes of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  7. Impact of Racial and Ethnic Disparities on Patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  8. Race and Ethnicity in HF
  9. Increasing Equity While Improving the Quality of Care

Clinical Topics: Arrhythmias and Clinical EP, Cardiovascular Care Team, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Prevention, Valvular Heart Disease, Atherosclerotic Disease (CAD/PAD), Atrial Fibrillation/Supraventricular Arrhythmias, Acute Heart Failure, Hypertension

Keywords: Heart Valve Diseases, Quality of Health Care, Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic, Heart Failure, Obesity, Delivery of Health Care, Stroke, Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus, Social Determinants of Health, Cardiomyopathy, Dilated, Atrial Fibrillation, Health Equity, Coronary Artery Disease, Minority Groups, Ethnic Groups

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