Angioplasty and stenting safe in smaller hospitals

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Even when it's not an emergency, it's okay to have heart catheterization in hospitals not equipped for heart surgery.

When you're having a heart attack, the best hospital is the closest hospital—even if you live in a rural area and the closest hospital isn't equipped for heart surgery. Most of these hospitals can perform emergency balloon angioplasty and stenting to restore blood flow to the heart as safely as hospitals fully prepared for cardiac surgery.

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