A survey conducted by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIM) involving several medical societies concluded that over forty treatment procedures and tests performed on patients were unnecessary.
Common illnesses and infections are given too much of a priority. Rather than being identified by simple symptoms, unnecessary tests and treatments are performed on the patient wasting both time and money along with the increase in health risks. Patients over fifty years of age are usually prone to these unneeded tests as many believe that diseases can reach a person earlier than expected.
Here is a list of some of the top unnecessary tests and medical care that may not be needed at all.
Heart Screening and EKG
Heart screening and EKGs are usually prescribed to people with very low chances of actually having any heart disease-related symptoms. Chest pains may not necessarily be associated with heart diseases all the time. People getting an EKG or heart stress test may get misleading results that would be leading to further invasion of a healthy heart.
Patients with heart conditions or other illnesses like diabetes should always be in contact with their doctors to keep their health at check. This will also avoid the need for intensive cardiac procedures.
Osteoporosis Bone Scans
Many doctors prescribe bone scans for people being under the actual age when osteoporosis is likely to appear. For men, it occurs after 70 and for women after 65 years of age. Unneeded bone scan can lead to the prescription of drugs that might have intolerable side effects leading to further medical care.
Antibiotics and Infections
Sinus infections usually tend to stem from common viruses that may not require an antibiotics treatment. Ninety percent of the infection cases tend to be mild or moderate and can be treated with common over the counter medication at times. Drug-resistant bacteria are likely to form among people who are victims to antibiotics overuse.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs like ibuprofen are often prescribed for headaches and other pains like pains associated with arthritis. NSAIDs are usually given to people with complaints of high blood pressure, cardiac failure and severe kidney diseases etc. and can increase the risk of ailments associated with the heart and the kidneys along with stomach bleeding if prescribed to people not suffering from serious illnesses.
X-rays and MRIs
More than eighty percent of the American population has pains that are linked to the lower back. And every now and then, these sufferers are told to get MRIs or X-rays, which are completely uncalled for and raise panic among patients. These should only be advised for patients whose back pains have exceeded six weeks or more. Some of these tests may lead to unwanted radiation exposure leading to expensive surgical procedures.
Around thirty million Americans are prone to suffer from allergies associated with seasonal change. Patients are often prescribed a good amount of medication and kept on special diets for unnecessary tests like the IgG (immunoglobulin) and skin plus blood tests known as IgE. A few simple tests can be an easy and effective way for determining allergy reasons instead of complex ones.
CT Scans for Headaches
Intense or cluster headaches can make a person wonder if they have a growing tumor inside their skull. This leads to CT scans that provide radiation exposure risks which can lead to the development of cancers. Real symptoms that need CT scans include blurred vision and blacking out etc. which really do need to be analyzed and taken care of.