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Is valley heart treatment too aggressive?
Bakersfield Californian

Residents in a wide swath of the Central Valley, from Fresno to Bakersfield, undergo two common heart procedures at rates substantially higher than in other regions of the state, according to a new study.

Corcoran residents, for example, are five times more likely than the average Californian to have an elective angiogram, which helps doctors find clogged arteries. Residents of Lindsay are four times more likely to have a procedure called elective PCI, used to open blocked arteries supplying blood to the heart.