Researchers discover a new method to identify individuals at risk of heart attack and stroke

Researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) have discovered a new method for identifying individuals who are at high risk for heart attack or stroke. A team led by Dr. Katey Rayner has found that dying cells in arterial plaque deposits can weaken arteries and can be used as a marker for plaques that can rupture and lead to serious cardiovascular events. The study, published in Science Advances, details how cardiac imaging can be used to identify the high-risk plaques and illustrates the potential for therapeutic interventions. 

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