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.
How do I get an NHS Health Check?
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.
You can contact your GP practice to see if you’re eligible. If you are outside that age range and concerned about your health, please speak to your GP.
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.
Heart Age Test
To better understand your risk of having a heart attack or stroke take the heart age test.