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Date:6/28/2011

d more of the plaque in their arteries.

Whites, on the other hand, were more likely to have higher levels of calcified plaque than blacks (45 percent vs. 26 percent).

Dr. Keith Ferdinand, chief science officer of the Association of Black Cardiologists, said it's important to remember that CT angiography is not a perfect test, especially in patients with diabetes and obesity, which are common among blacks.

Ferdinand added that it's difficult to pinpoint the specific effect that race has upon health -- as this study attempts to do -- considering how many differences that may exist between different racial groups.

The study appears in the journal Radiology.

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The U.S. Office of Minority Health has more on heart disease in African-Americans.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCES: Keith Ferdinand, M.D., chief science officer, Association of Black Cardiologists, Atlanta; Radiological Society of North America, news release, June 28, 2011


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