Fifteen-year trends in management and outcomes of non–ST-segment–elevation myocardial infarction among black and white patients: The ARIC community surveillance study, 2000–2014

Sameer Arora, George A. Stouffer, Anna Kucharska-Newton, Muthiah Vaduganathan, Arman Qamar, Kunihiro Matsushita, Dhaval Kolte, Harmony R. Reynolds, Sripal Bangalore, Wayne D. Rosamond, Deepak L. Bhatt, Melissa C. Caughey

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Background—Standardization of evidence-based medical therapies has improved outcomes for patients with non–ST-segment– elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). Although racial differences in NSTEMI management have previously been reported, it is uncertain whether these differences have been ameliorated over time. Methods and Results—The ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) Community Surveillance study conducts hospital surveillance of acute myocardial infarction in 4 US communities. NSTEMI was classified by physician review, using a validated algorithm. From 2000 to 2014, 17 755 weighted hospitalizations for NSTEMI (patient race: 36% black, 64% white) were sampled by ARIC. Black patients were younger (aged 60 versus 66 years), more often female (45% versus 38%), and less likely to have medical insurance (88% versus 93%) but had more comorbidities. Black patients were less often administered aspirin (85% versus 92%), other antiplatelet therapy (45% versus 60%), b-blockers (85% versus 88%), and lipid-lowering medications (68% versus 76%). After adjustments, black patients had a 24% lower probability of receiving nonaspirin antiplatelets (relative risk: 0.76; 95% confidence interval, 0.71–0.81), a 29% lower probability of angiography (relative risk: 0.71; 95% confidence interval, 0.67–0.76), and a 45% lower probability of revascularization (relative risk: 0.55; 95% confidence interval, 0.50–0.60). No suggestion of a changing trend over time was observed for any NSTEMI therapy (P values for interaction, all >0.20). Conclusions—This longitudinal community surveillance of hospitalized NSTEMI patients suggests black patients have more comorbidities and less likelihood of receiving guideline-based NSTEMI therapies, and these findings persisted across the 15-year period. Focused efforts to reduce comorbidity burden and to more consistently implement guideline-directed treatments in this high-risk population are warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere010203
JournalJournal of the American Heart Association
Issue number19
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) study is carried out as a collaborative study supported by NHLBI (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) contracts (HHSN-268201100005C, HHSN268201100006C, HHSN26820-1100007C, HHSN268201100008C, HHSN268201100009C, HHSN268201100010C, HHSN268201100011C, and HHSN-268201100012C).

Funding Information:
Dr Vaduganathan is supported by the NHLBI T32 postdoctoral training grant (T32HL007604). Dr Qamar is supported by the NHLBI T32 postdoctoral training grant (T32HL007604) and the American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network in Vascular Disease grant (18SFRN3390085). Dr Bhatt discloses the following relationships—Advisory Board: Cardax, Elsevier Practice Update Cardiology, Medscape Cardiology, Regado Biosciences; Board of Directors: Boston VA Research Institute, Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care; Chair: American Heart Association Quality Oversight Committee; Data Monitoring Committees: Cleveland Clinic, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Harvard Clinical Research Institute, Mayo Clinic, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Population Health Research Institute; Honoraria: American College of Cardiology (Senior Associate Editor, Clinical Trials and News,; Vice-Chair, ACC Accreditation Committee), Belvoir Publications (Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter), Duke Clinical Research Institute (clinical trial steering committees), Harvard Clinical Research Institute (clinical trial steering committee), HMP Communications (Editor in Chief, Journal of Invasive Cardiology), Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Guest Editor; Associate Editor), Population Health Research Institute (clinical trial steering committee), Slack Publications (Chief Medical Editor, Cardiology Today’s Intervention), Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (Secretary/Treasurer), WebMD (CME steering committees); Other: Clinical Cardiology (Deputy Editor), NCDR-ACTION Registry Steering Committee (Chair), VA CART Research and Publications Committee (Chair); Research Funding: Amarin, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Chiesi, Eisai, Ethicon, Forest Laboratories, Ironwood, Ische-mix, Lilly, Medtronic, Pfizer, Roche, Sanofi Aventis, The Medicines Company; Royalties: Elsevier (Editor, Cardiovascular Intervention: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease); Site Co-Investigator: Biotronik, Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical (now Abbott); Trustee: American College of Cardiology; Unfunded Research: FlowCo, Merck, PLx Pharma, Takeda. The remaining authors have no disclosures to report.

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  • Guideline adherence
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Quality of care
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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