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4 Medical Tests That Could Do More Harm than Good

…the lump removed. That’s because taking a biopsy can potentially drag abnormal cancer cells through otherwise healthy breast tissue. 4. Coronary Angiogram for Diagnostic Purposes: This procedure is extremely invasive. It involves threading a catheter into an artery, all the way to the heart. A radio…

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What To Do Before Opting For Heart Surgery

…-old engineer who came to me several years ago for a second opinion. Fred’s doctor recommended that he undergo bypass surgery immediately. His angiogram indicated two coronary vessels were about 70 percent blocked, and his stress test revealed a small area of what cardiologists call ischemia. No doubt…

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What is an Angina Attack?

…“predictable.” Stable angina is usually reproducible during exercise stress testing. When angina is suspected and/or diagnosed during a stress test, an angiogram or cardiac catheterization is needed to define the “native anatomy,” or circulatory system, of the heart. If an invasive procedure like a stent…

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Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women

…ventricle to supply blood to the left side of the heart) was critically blocked, and while an EKG can show us a lot, it is a noninvasive test. Only an angiogram is the gold standard that can estimate how much blockage there is. Nonetheless, it was lucky that when her blockage was found there was enough “daylight”…

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Protect Your Eyes

…your ultraviolet exposure and radiation. * Take adequate antioxidants. * Keep your blood sugar at a respectable level. While performing over 3,000 angiograms of the heart in a cardiac catheterization lab, I, too, was exposed to enormous amounts of radiation. Unfortunately, my left eye has developed a cataract…

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