Health: Bill Clinton's Big Test

When he felt chest pains, he finally got an angiogram. Should you get one too?

"I really think it probably saved my life," Bill Clinton told Larry King, speaking not about the bypass operation he had last week but about the test--an angiogram--that first showed that the arteries feeding blood to his heart were dangerously blocked. "If people have a family history there, and high cholesterol and high blood pressure," Clinton said, "they ought to consider the angiogram."

Good advice? Yes and no. An angiogram is the gold standard of heart tests, and in Clinton's case it picked up a problem that all his previous stress tests and electrocardiograms had missed. But an angiogram is...

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