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.
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:
- check the links opposite to other parts of our website such as Getting Active and Eating Well
- take the One You general health quiz and see how you score
- find out if you’re at risk of type-2 diabetes with this quick and simple test
- find out if you’re at risk of kidney disease with this quick and simple test
- this BMI calculator can show you whether you’re a healthy weight for your height, and if you’re overweight, what your daily calorie range should be so you can lose weight
- try this healthy eating self-assessment to see if your diet’s on track
- check your alcohol intake with this drinking self-assessment
- check your heart age with the Heart Age Tool