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Why you might not need that stress test

from ConsumerReports

Having a battery of medical tests may seem like a good idea — like your doctor is leaving no stone unturned — and getting the right test at the right time can be lifesaving. But undergoing testing you don't need is not only a waste of time and money, it can also cause harm. "It can expose you to radiation, cause unnecessary anxiety and lead to expensive follow-up tests and treatments that themselves carry risks, sometimes even more so than the disease you’re screening for," says Tanveer Mir, M.D., chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians. more


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