More education is linked to better heart health, but it may not overcome the effects of race, a new study says.

The research, which used data from a large national survey to examine the overlapping connections between race, and , found that while white people saw a big benefit from , other racial and ethnic groups saw less.

“Some of the research that has come out previously has suggested that we can overcome race-based inequality by improving education,” said the study’s co-lead author Dr. Amber Johnson, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “And this study shows the opposite.”

Previous studies have looked at race and health, and education and heart health, Johnson said. “But how those two things interact to predict outcomes has been less clear.”

The new study, published

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