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Why Doctors Are Performing Fewer Angioplasties

Fewer Americans are getting unnecessary and potentially risky heart procedures.

Unnecessary angioplasties have decreased by 50 percent in hospitals in the United States, according to a new assessment published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

An angioplasty involves expanding blocked arteries with a small balloon. Once a common treatment for chest pain from blocked coronary arteries, their use has been decreasing since 2009, when the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released new guidelines.