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Can smoking lead to angioplasty ?

What causes angioplasty? Is smoking a cause? Lyposuction a cause? And is this something to write out a will for? I love my mom but she can over dramatic and she loves medical attention. She is trying to get everyone scared and to fly out here to see her through. But we re hearing it is not worth all that... please let me know. Thanks.
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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The most common cause of arterial blockage is diet. Smoking probably doesn't help, as some research suggests that it narrows the arteries. I don't know anything about how lyposuction would effect the arteries around the heart. As far as writing out a will -- I think she is being a little dramatic. I've had multiple angiograms (basically the same procedure without the balloon) and a handful of angioplasty procedures. (In my case it's a heart defect.) There is always some risk, but it's miniscule. (Less than 2 percent of people die during angioplasty.) More people probably die from falling in the bath tub.
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