Friday, March 14, 2014

10 Tests you should avoid according to the AARP


According to  Elizabeth Agnvall, in the AARP Bulletin, dated March 2014, there are 10 medical tests that we should generally avoid.
And here they are;
  1. Nuclear stress tests, and other imaging tests, after heart procedures. Having these tests done regularly has not been shown to improve a persons long-term health at all and are a waste of money.
  2. Yearly electrocardiogram or exercise stress test. A  person at low risk of a Heart attack will typically be as much as 10 times as likely to show false resultsthan find a real problem,  when taking these tests.
  3. PSA to screen for prostate cancer. Data shows that 75 percent of PSA tests will show high readings that prove false after further testin
  4. PET scan to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. PET scans will show 30-40 percent of the protein levels measured to be high in people with perfectly normal memories
  5. X-ray, CT scan or MRI for lower back pain. With 80 percent of all people suffering back pain at one time or another. These imaging scans will often show no problem at all or as with many older people give terrible indications of damage
  6. Yearly Pap tests. Since Cervical Cancer generally takes 10-20 years to develop, it is now recommended that the PAP and HPV tests be run every 5 years.
  7. Bone density scan for women before age 65 and men before age 70. Experts say that for people ages 60-65 with only mild bone loss, these tests and the subsequent drugs are a waste of time.
  8. Follow-up ultrasounds for small ovarian cysts. Experts have found that only patients that have had a cyst larger than 1-centimeter in size should have a follow up test.
  9. Colonoscopy after age 75. While most people shouldhave a Colonoscopy at age fifty and every 5 years later, once they reach 75, they should stop taking the test. The danger of complications from the preparation for older people are worse than the risk of cancer if the person has never had a positive test result previously.
  10.  Yearly physical. There is little data that supports annual doctor visits and physicals for a healthy person. Seeing a Doctor just to see a Doctor is a waste of money unless youhave a problem that requires attention or monitoring.
by DON BOBBITT

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