Last updated: Apr 16, 2008
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Angioplasties are often an essential treatment for heart attack patients. As with all parts of heart attack care, timing is crucial.
Angioplasty for women
The benefits of angioplasty are mixed for women. A 2004 study estimated that for every 1,000 women who experience serious heart attacks and undergo angioplasty, the procedure will result in 56 fewer deaths, subsequent heart attacks, or strokes within 30 days of the attack than can be expected to occur with other treatments. The corresponding figure for men was 42 events.
Even though angioplasty is much simpler than surgery, doctors generally need a lot of practice to get it right.