Study: Heart implants underutilized

Are heart docs sexist--and racist, too? A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that male patients are two to three times more likely to get implanted defibrillators than females. White men are one-third more likely to get them than black men.

Overall, only a third of patients eligible for the devices actually get them, the study showed. And the implants work; trials have shown they prolong life in 31 percent to 50 percent of patients who get them. Sounds like a marketing opportunity.

- read the article from the Los Angeles Times