Study Says,Too Many Angioplasties

Overuse of angioplasty procedures have come under review.

Aside from the expense there is the issue of risk from an invasive surgical procedure.

The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and other professional organizations have published guidelines to help doctors determine whether patients are good candidates for the procedure — based on their symptoms and heart test results, for example.

For patients with severe chest pain or who have recently had a heart attack, the procedure is nearly always recommended.
But for people without such an urgent need, medications such as blood thinners and statins can sometimes be a better approach.

Prevention is the medicine and healthy lifestyle choices can help you avoid unnecessary invasive procedures.

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