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Dr. Elijah Saunders, a cardiologist who served as professor of medicine and head of the section of hypertension at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, died early Tuesday. He was a pioneer in research related to African Americans and hypertension. (Above) Dr. Saunders explains how diabetes impacts coronary arteries, which can cause a heart attack.

Dr. Elijah Saunders, a cardiologist who served as professor of medicine and head of the section of hypertension at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, died early Tuesday. He was a pioneer in research related to African Americans and hypertension. (Above) Dr. Saunders explains how diabetes impacts coronary arteries, which can cause a heart attack.

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