MedPage Today - "Post-Transplant Immune Response May Hurt Blacks" - Chris Kaiser
Multiple factors account for why African Americans have poorer survival after heart transplant – and immunological differences may play a role, a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggested.
Compared with white, Hispanic, and Asian transplant recipients, blacks had higher peak panel reactive antibody (PRA) values, giving them a greater likelihood of rejection according to the study. "Cultural insensitivity, language barriers, bias, and other unaccounted for socioeconomic factors may still be influencing transplant outcomes at a level which cannot be captured in currently constructed databases," said Sean P. Pinney, MD, Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Program, and Associate Professor of Medicine and Cardiology, at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
- Dr. Sean Pinney, Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Program, Associate Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, The Mount Sinai Medical Center