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Not All Hospitals Equal for Treating Heart Attacks

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In rural areas, hospitals are less likely to have angioplasty available. In large cities, some hospitals have it, but not all of them by any means. "In a big city, if you have a heart attack, you're probably within 10 minutes of some hospital that can do angioplasty," Siegel says. "Talk with your doctor now about which hospital he or she wants you to go to in an emergency and what facilities that hospital has."

A suburban doctor may be affiliated with three or four different hospitals, Siegel points out, so it's worthwhile to talk about different options ahead of time. When you're choosing a new doctor, ask about the hospitals he or she uses, and the methods the hospital has available in an emergency.

 

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