Harvard Heart Letter

Is angioplasty right for you?

Although nearly 80% of people who undergo angioplasty and stenting discuss the procedure with their doctor, less than 20% are told about possible drawbacks, and only 10% are told about other options. This is worrisome, because surgery or drug therapy may be a better option for some. People with coronary artery disease are encouraged to make an informed decision by asking their doctor to explain the potential benefits and risks of the recommended procedure, whether there are alternatives, and how the benefits and risks of the options compare.
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