July 12, 2016
Health access could level heart attack rate
Auckland University researchers say Maori and Pacific people need better access to all aspects of healthcare if they are to cut down their much higher rate of death from heart disease.
Cardiac researcher Dr Corina Grey says a new study shows the risk of death from ischaemic heart disease is about 50 percent higher in Maori people compared to Europeans.
She says improvements in both primary prevention and hospital care will be needed to reduce these inequalities.
The study, published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, took into account socioeconomic determinants of health.
More than 50 percent of the Maori subjects lived in the most deprived neighbourhoods, compared with 20 percent of European or other people.
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