Is angioplasty right for you?

Survey finds you may not have been told about other options.

When fatty plaques threaten to obstruct the coronary arteries, three treatment options are available: medications to control symptoms; a procedure to open the blockages with a balloon (angioplasty), usually followed by the placement of a stent, a cylindrical metal scaffold that holds the vessel open; or surgery to bypass the blockages (coronary artery bypass grafting, or CABG). Each treatment has benefits and risks, and may be more appropriate for some individuals than for others.

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