Study: Poor Minorities Less Likely to Receive CPR than Wealthy Whites

| by Michael Allen

A study by the University of Colorado in Denver, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, claimed that minorities who suffer heart attacks in poor neighborhoods are not nearly as likely to receive proper CPR compared to people in wealthy white neighborhoods.

The study said that blacks and Hispanics are about 30 percent less likely to be aided by CPR than white people, with the odds being the worst when it involves a black victim in a low-income black neighborhood.

More than 300,000 people suffer heart attacks in non-hospital settings each year, and most of those cases don’t survive, reports The Associated Press.

Comilla Sasson, the study’s lead author, told The Associated Press: “We can’t accept that anymore. It shouldn’t matter where I drop to have someone help me."