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27 Mistakes Healthy People Make
You get unnecessary tests
As with vitamins and minerals, more does not always mean better when it
comes to medical tests. Especially tests marketed directly to consumers,
like the cardiac calcium-scoring test. While this testa CT scan that
identifies calcium deposits in the heart arteriesis useful for a select group of at-risk people, it isn't for everyone, says Dr. Rogg. It also exposes
you to a whopping amount of radiationthe equivalent of 25 to 50 chest X-rays.
Several US medical specialty groups have launched an initiative, Choosing Wisely, to draw attention to overuse of 45 medical tests, and encourage physicians to avoid tests and procedures of questionable benefit.
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