If you are aged between 40-74 make sure you have your NHS Health Check as it will detect and help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.
How to get your NHS Health Check
If you're in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition, you can expect to receive a letter from your GP or local authority inviting you for a free NHS Health Check.
Don't worry if you haven't got your invitation yet, as you will be invited for one over the next few years.
Once you have had your first health check you will then be invited for an NHS Health Check every 5 years, as long as you don’t have one of the above health conditions.
What happens at your NHS Health Check
When you have your NHS Health Check you will get an overall score that you can keep track of and seek to improve over time. Some think of this as their “heart age”.
Your GP will chat to you and discuss your results. You'll be given advice and support to maintain or improve your vascular health.
There are three important parts of your NHS Health Check that you should know and, from time to time, monitor:
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol count
For more information call 0800 288 9008 or visit the NHS Health Check website
Improving your “heart age”
There are a number of things that you can do to improve your “heart age”:
- Eat a healthier diet
- Drink less alcohol
- Do more exercise
- Stop smoking
- Aim for a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9
You can also check your “heart age” at www.ukheartage.co.uk