Crowded U.S. EDs tied to worse heart attack survival for African Americans

From Reuters:

Researchers examined data on more than 91,000 patients admitted to California hospitals for a heart attack from 2001 to 2011. They didn’t find a meaningful difference in one-year survival odds between black and white people when hospitals went on ambulance diversion for less than six hours on the day of patients’ heart attacks.

But when hospitals diverted ambulances for longer, black patients were more likely to die within a year of their heart attack, the study team reports in Health Affairs.