Impact of race on the in-hospital quality of care among young adults with acute myocardial infarction

Valeria Raparelli, Diana Benea, Marcella Nunez Smith, Hassan Behlouli, Terrence E. Murphy, Gail D’onofrio, Louise Pilote, Rachel P. Dreyer

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BACKGROUND: The extent to which race influences in-hospital quality of care for young adults (≤55 years) with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is largely unknown. We examined racial disparities in in-hospital quality of AMI care and their impact on 1-year cardiac readmission. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used data from the VIRGO (Variation in Recovery: Role of Gender on Outcomes of Young AMI Patients) study enrolling young Black and White US adults with AMI (2008–2012). An in-hospital quality of care score (QCS) was computed (standard AMI quality indicators divided by the total a patient is eligible for). Multivariable logistic regression was performed to identify factors associated with the lowest QCS tertile, including interactions between race and social determinants of health. Among 2846 young adults with AMI (median 48 years [interquartile range 44–52], 67.4% women, 18.8% Black race), Black individuals, especially women, exhibited a higher prevalence of cardiac risk factors and social determinants of health and were more likely to experience a non–ST-segment–elevation myocardial infarction than White individuals. Black individuals were more likely in the lowest QCS tertile than White individuals (40.8% versus 34.7%; P=0.003). The association between Black race and low QCS (odds ratio [OR], 1.25; 95% CI, 1.02–1.54) was attenuated by adjustment for confound-ers. Employment was independently associated with better QCS, especially among Black participants (OR, 0.76; 95% CI, 0.62–0.92; P-interaction =0.02). Black individuals experienced a higher rate of 1-year cardiac readmission (29.9% versus 20.0%; P<0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: Black individuals with AMI received lower in-hospital quality of care and exhibited a higher rate of cardiac re-admissions than White individuals. Black individuals had a lower quality of care if unemployed, highlighting the intersection of race and social determinants of health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere021408
JournalJournal of the American Heart Association
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 7 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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