About Close the Gap
Close the Gap: Health Equity for Life
Close the Gap is Boston Scientific's health equity initiative, which aims to eliminate cardiovascular care disparities. We're on a mission to help ensure all patients receive optimal cardiac care regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity or primary language.
In partnership with health care providers, professional societies and patient advocacy groups, Close the Gap focuses on three areas:
- Community Education: We reach out to the populations most affected by disparities with education about heart disease, its related risk factors and healthy living tips.
- Healthcare Professional Education: By supporting continuing medical education (CME) and other learning opportunities, we are helping healthcare providers stay informed about disparities.
- Adherence to Guidelines: Advocating for adherence to clinical guidelines is one of the best ways to ensure equitable care for all patients.
What is the Gap?
Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States.1 But despite similar prevalence across racial/ethnic groups, women and people of color are treated at a lesser rate for cardiovascular disease than Caucasian men. This disparity is what we call "the gap."
The disparities are real and have been documented. Review some of the staggering statistics about:
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