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NHS Health Check

Why should I have an NHS Health Check?

Anyone can be at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. These can be referred to as vascular disease. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented, even if you have a history of them in your family.

Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74 (except people who have already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or have certain risk factors) will be invited to a free NHS Health Check every five years. Have your check and you will be able to take steps to maintain or improve your health.

What happens at the NHS Health Check?

The check will last about 20-30 minutes and you’ll be asked about your family history and lifestyle choices. Your height, weight, age, gender and ethnicity will be recorded and your blood pressure and cholesterol will be checked.

Watch a video and discover more about having an NHS Health Check.

You’ll be taken through your results and if appropriate given healthy lifestyle advice and/or referred to further support.

NHS Online health self-tests and tools

Whilst there are certain things that can increase the risk of developing vascular disease e.g. being overweight or physically inactive, smoking, drinking too much alcohol or having high blood pressure, there are also things that you can do to reduce your risks:

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