Not one to worry about his health, Michael Mathews never bothered with annual checkups or wellness screening—until he found out he was a walking time bomb.
A $60 test tipped him off to a potential problem with one of his carotid arteries, the blood vessels on the sides of the neck that deliver blood to the brain and head. Further testing showed he had developed a large buildup of plaque in his left artery.
"I felt fine," Mathews says. "I had no symptoms or medical issues related to the occlusion."