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The risks of testing for hidden disease

Preventive health screening tests marketed directly to the public are often unnecessary and carry hidden risks. Defensive, just-in-case testing can lead to additional tests and procedures. Ultrasound scans of the neck for blockages, for example, are not recommended unless the person has possible symptoms of stroke. The best way to decide if screening tests are warranted is to have a discussion with a primary care doctor. 
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