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NHLBI in the Press
Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside the arteries. White blood cells called macrophages can cause these plaques to become inflamed and rupture, resulting in severe cardiovascular consequences including death.
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NHLBI in the Press
Racial disparities in cardiovascular health persist in the United States, but the black-white divide has narrowed due to worsening health among whites rather than health gains among blacks. These were the findings of a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.