Another important consideration is your personal choice. People who can get information from their doctors about the risks and benefits of their treatment options are able to make better decisions.
Some people may feel intimidated or afraid to question their doctor. But it's very important to understand not only why your doctor is recommending a certain treatment but also the risks and benefits of that treatment.
Other things that affect the decision include:
Age. Older people, especially those with other long-term health problems, are at increased risk for surgical complications.
Health status. People with other lifelong health conditions (such as diabetes or lung or kidney disease), those who have impaired mental function, and those whose nutritional status is poor also have a higher risk of surgical complications.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Specialist Medical ReviewerRobert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Current as ofJune 4, 2014
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June 04, 2014
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