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We are proud to have been commissioned to provide the NHS Health Checks. Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented, even if you have a family history of them. NHS Health Check can help you by assessing your risk of developing these health problems and giving you personalised advice on how to reduce it.
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 has 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, diabetes and some forms of dementia and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.
The NHS Health Check consists of a few simple tests that will give you a clearer picture of your risk of developing four common but often preventable conditions: heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or type 2 diabetes. Those aged between 65 and 74 will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia and will be made aware of any memory services in their area.
All the tests are simple to carry out, and there will be time to discuss the results afterwards.
After the test, it should help you feel better informed about your health, and more able to take control of your health in the years ahead.
NHS Health Check takes around 20-30 minutes and will usually be divided into two parts:
– Questions and health tests that will give a picture of your health.
– A discussion of the results, including personalised advice and lifestyle support. If necessary, treatment to help you maintain or improve your health and lower your risk of these conditions.
The second part of an NHS Health Check is a discussion of your results with our trained healthcare professional. This will happen at the same appointment as your tests.
During this discussion, you’ll learn more about what your results mean. You’ll talk about how your results are related to your risk of developing these conditions.
You’ll be given personalised advice and lifestyle support to help you lower your risk and maintain or improve your vascular health. The best action for you will depend on your results. You may receive advice on how to get more physical activity into your daily routine, or how to eat a healthier diet.
If you’re at high risk, you may be offered relevant treatments. Statins, for example, are a medication that help to control cholesterol levels. There are other medications that help to lower blood pressure when it’s raised.
Whatever changes you’re trying to make, there’s lots of helpful information and advice on NHS Choices.