New Test Detects Heart Disease Risk, Especially for Black Women

December 15, 2014 11:23 PM

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A new test makes it easier for doctors to measure a fairly new indicator of heart disease risk — one that is especially helpful for African-American women.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the test Monday. It measures the inflammation caused by the buildup of dangerous gunk in the arteries and can show a patient risks having a heart attack or a stroke even if she doesn't have high cholesterol.

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