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NHS Health Check

NHS Health Checks

 
The NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who have not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or have certain risk factors, will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.
 

Click here to see if you are eligible for a free NHS Health Check

BMI

BMI or Body Mass Index is a commonly used way of assessing how healthy a person’s weight is.

Every year, the NHS Health Check is expected to help:

  • Save 650 lives
  • Prevent 1,600 heart attacks and strokes
  • Prevent 4,000 people from developing diabetes
  • Detect at least 20,000 cases of diabetes or kidney disease earlier

If you want to avoid being a statistic, it's worth making an appointment for an NHS Health Check as soon as you get your invitation.

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.

You'll usually get your NHS Health Check at a GP practice or local pharmacy, but it could happen at other convenient places in your neighbourhood, depending on where you live.