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Researchers may have found new evidence as to why African-Americans die from heart attacks more often than others.

According to a new study conducted by the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, African-Americans are more likely to have a specific kind of plaque that causes heart attacks.

“For a long time, physicians have searched for explanations as to why African Americans have higher rates of heart disease and higher cardiac death rates, but less coronary artery calcium than Caucasians,” said the study’s co-author, Dr. U. Joseph Schoepf, in a press release. “We show that one possible explanation for the discrepancy may be found in the higher rate of less stable, non-calcified plaque in the heart vessels of African-Americans.”


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