Rethink on the impact of plaque build-up

The notion that soft atherosclerotic plaque is more dangerous than hard calcium deposits for heart risk may be wrong, say cardiologists.

Their research suggests it's more the calcified plaque in coronary arteries that’s behind adverse cardiovascular events.

The findings may be a "game-changer" for determining who's at risk of myocardial infarction, they say.

The team from three major US medical research institutions analysed the composition of plaque from 224 patients who had diabetes, but no heart symptoms.

After nearly seven years of follow-up, they unexpectedly found