Type of plaque tied to CVD event risk: study

Those with lipid cores double the risk of having an event such as MI or ischaemic stroke: US research

In addition to traditional cardiovascular risk factors, inclusion of plaque characteristics beyond thickness alone can enhance prediction of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, according to a new study.

The US researchers used high-resolution MRI to image atherosclerotic plaques in the carotid arteries of people without prior evidence for cardiovascular disease.

They found participants who had plaque containing a lipid core were more than twice as likely to have a future CVD events, including coronary heart disease