Racism and prejudice can take many forms, but one of the most pernicious lies within the health system. A new study of 22,997 adult heart transplant recipients reveals evidence of significant health care disparities driven by systemic racism.

Young Black adults are twice as likely to die in the first year after a heart transplant when compared to non-Black transplant recipients of the same age. Across all age groups, Black heart transplant recipients had a 30 percent higher risk of death.

The analysis, published Tuesday in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure, is further evidence of inequity in healthcare — and its potentially deadly ramifications.

Black Americans have a higher incidence of cardiovascular diseases and resulting complications, a reality associated with a number of driving factors including socioeconomic status, inadequate access to healthcare, lower-quality care, and implicit bias from medical providers.

This fascinating and crucial study was explored by Inverse senior science editor Sarah Sloat, and it’s worth your time today.

What they’re saying: “If clinical research moving forward focuses on targeted interventions for young Black recipients during this period, we could reduce overall racial disparities in heart transplantation.” —Dr. Eroll Bush, an associate professor of surgery and surgical director of the Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Program at Johns Hopkins University, to Inverse.

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