By the time you hit 50, you’re probably familiar with some aches and pains as well as medical advice from well-meaning loved ones. But completing test after test isn’t always the best way to stay healthy. The following medical procedures may be unnecessary — and even dangerous — if you’re over 50. Many people who undergo one common surgery absolutely don’t need it (page 9). Most importantly, consult your doctor.
1. Screenings for carotid artery disease
Why it’s dangerous: Testing can lead to invasive surgeries.
Carotid artery stenosis is no joke. And it’s important to know the symptoms for this disease narrows the arteries and increases stroke risk. If you’re familiar with the symptoms and don’t have any, however, it may be in your best interest to skip the screenings, says AARP.
Glen Stream, M.D., tells the publication, “More people are harmed than helped by having this test,” as it often leads to more testing and, in some cases, invasive surgery. Some of the surgeries may also increase your stroke risk.
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