What is an NHS Health Check?
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.
Think of your NHS Health Check as being your "midlife MOT". It checks that some of your body's most important systems are all running smoothly. Among other things, your blood pressure, cholesterol, and BMI will all be checked and your results given to you.
Crucially, your NHS Health Check can detect potential problems before they do real damage. Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented.
Your NHS Health Check will assess your risk of developing these health problems and give you personalised advice on how to reduce it.
It's free of charge, including any follow-up tests or appointments.
Find out more about why you should have an NHS Health Check.
How to get an NHS Health Check
You'll be invited 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.
If you do not want to wait for an invitation you can contact your G.P. practice and they will be able to arrange your appointment as long as you are eligible for the health check.
For further information, visit NHS Choices website: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/nhs-health-check/Pages/NHS-Health-Check.aspx