CT Angiography Improves Detection of Heart Disease in African-Americans, Medical University of South Carolina Study

Published: Jun 28, 2011

Researchers may have discovered one reason that African Americans are at increased risk for heart attacks and other cardiovascular events. According to a new study published online in the journal Radiology, African Americans have increased levels of non-calcified plaque, which consists of buildups of soft deposits deep in the walls of the arteries that are not detected by some cardiac tests. Non-calcified plaque is more vulnerable to rupturing and causing a blood clot, which could lead to a heart attack or other cardiovascular event.

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