A group of 14 patient and consumer groups issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s announcement that it will freeze risk adjustment payments.
Study Highlights: Approximately 75 percent of black men and women develop high blood pressure by age 55 compared to 55 percent of white men and 40 percent of white women of the same age. Both black and white study participants who ate a DASH-style diet had a reduced risk of developing high blood pressure.
Study Highlights: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may increase the risk for stroke and heart attack in both male and female city workers and volunteers who cleaned debris in the aftermath of the World Trade Center plane attack on September 11, 2001. The study sheds light on long-term consequences of PTSD 11-15 years after the event occurred in a general population.
Study Highlights: Multivitamins and mineral supplements do not prevent heart attacks, strokes or cardiovascular death. Data pooled from multiple studies show no health benefit of multivitamins.
Study Highlights: Blacks who survived cardiac arrest while hospitalized have more than 10 percent lower rate of long-term survival after discharge than white survivors. This translates to lower one-year and five-year survival rates after discharge for black versus white survivors. Nearly a third of the racial difference in one-year survival depended on measured patient factors; only a small portion was explained by racial difference in hospital care; and almost half was linked to care following discharge and or unmeasured factors.