Last updated: Apr 22, 2008
For patients with middle-of-the-road heart disease who have time to think about treatment, heart surgeon Robert Jones, MD, of Duke University Medical Center, has some advice: Don't listen solely to people like him. And don't merely talk with an angioplasty expert either.
"Patients should talk to a well-trained cardiologist who doesn't do either type of procedure," he says. "If I'm shopping for a car, I don't get advice from a dealer."
No matter which procedure they choose, nearly 99% of patients with moderate heart disease live for at least a month, 96% live at least a year, and 90% are still alive five years later, according to a 2007 report by the federal government.