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Each year in the U.S., approximately 395,000 cases of cardiac arrest occur outside of the hospital setting, with only six percent of those individuals surviving. Of the 200,000 arrests that occur in hospitals each year, only twenty-four percent survive.
Despite this fact, there are still several questions that remain unanswered. For the Black Heart Association, one of the most pressing questions is “Why aren’t more patients being referred to a heart specialist by their primary care physician- especially when the patient presents, or there’s a family history of, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or even high levels of stress or trauma? Far too often individuals who have suffered a heart attack, with some even losing their lives, have never been referred to a Cardiologist. You join us in the fight by signing our Change.org petition! The purpose of this petition is simple, BHA’s goal is to make it mandatory for doctors to refer qualifying patients to cardiac specialists.
The number of cardiac-related deaths could be significantly lowered by this simple change. Secondly, this mandate could help lower implicit bias that people of color face within healthcare, in addition, to help decrease the number of deaths that can potentially happen outside of hospital care. By signing our petition, you agree that there should be a bill mandating Primary Care Providers to refer qualifying patients to a cardiac specialist.