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Local patients more likely to get invasive heart procedures
Bakersfield Californian

Imagine this: A 35-year-old woman comes to the doctor for vague chest pain without a clear cause.

A doctor puts her on a treadmill, a cheap and easy — but not very accurate — test for heart disease. The result comes back “mildly abnormal” but she has no risk factors for heart disease such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

“It’s a dilemma: Do you do an angiogram?” said William Bezdek, a Bakersfield cardiologist. “It’s not easy.”