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High rates of heart procedures seen in Clearlake
San Francisco Chronicle

This rural Northern California town known for its scenic, bass-filled lake now has another distinction: Clearlake-area residents have been undergoing two common heart procedures more than any other Californians, posting rates so high that they exceed most other regions by multiple factors.

Between 2005 and 2009, people here underwent one of these procedures, elective angioplasty, at 15 times the rate of people in Sonoma, and more than five times the rate of San Franciscans and Californians as a whole.