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Obesity, diabetes may drive small-town heart procedures
Fresno Bee

People in small cities in the central San Joaquin Valley have to travel to have blocked arteries examined and stents inserted, but the distance doesn’t appear to deter treatment. People in Corcoran, a west-side farming and prison town of 25,000, are the most likely in the Valley to have angiograms to look for blocked arteries. Lindsay, a city of 12,000 known for oranges and olives on the Valley’s east side, scores highest for angioplasty, a procedure often involving stents to prop open arteries.