The NHS Health Check is a sophisticated check of your heart health. Aimed at adults in England aged 40 to 74, it checks your vascular or circulatory health and works out your risk of developing some of the most disabling – but preventable – illnesses.
You’ll be invited by the Practice for an NHS Health Check every five years if you are between 40 and 74 years old, as long as you don’t have an existing vascular condition.
How the NHS Health Check will help
Once you’ve had your NHS Health Check, you’ll have a good idea of what your risk is of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. There are some risk factors for these diseases that can’t be changed; for example, your risk increases with age. But there’s a lot you can do to reduce your risk. You can:
- maintain a healthy weight
- be physically active
- eat a healthy and balanced diet
- stop smoking
- cut down on alcohol
For further information please book an appointment with our Health Care Assistant.