Your Health: Jul. 19, 1999

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GOODBYE, HEARTACHE Patients with mild angina may want to consider taking cholesterol-lowering drugs instead of undergoing angioplasty. Researchers say folks who get their clogged blood vessels opened up with angioplasty feel more robust than those who take very high doses of the drug Lipitor. But they may also be more likely to need future hospitalizations and either bypass surgery or another angioplasty before they're done.

SMOKERS' SCREEN Lung cancer could be caught early--and thousands of lives saved--if smokers and former smokers were routinely screened with C.T. scans. Unlike conventional chest X rays, the supersensitive scans can spot tiny malignancies...

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