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Can my overall health affect my choice of heart treatment?

Your doctor will consider your overall health when recommending a procedure to treat blockages of the heart. For some people, especially if they are older or weakened by another condition (such as heart valve problems), the risks of open-heart surgery outweigh the benefits of the procedure. Ask your doctor to explain the benefits and risks -- for you, specifically -- with each of your options.

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