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NHS health checks

The NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.

It is aimed at adults aged 40 to 74 who may be at risk of cardio vascular disease. Cardio vascular disease includes heart disease, having a stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.

If you are invited for a NHS health check, it is really important that you attend. The risk of disease can often be reduced dramatically by simple lifestyle changes or the proper medical treatment.

At the check, you'll be asked some questions about your lifestyle and family medical history. You'll also have some routine tests. From these, your healthcare professional will be able to give you an idea of your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and type 2 diabetes.

If you're over 65, you will also be told about the signs and symptoms of dementia. Please read this leaflet for further information.

After your results have been explained, you'll be offered advice and support to help stay healthy and lower your risk, if any, of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and type 2 diabetes, or if your results need improving.

Attendance at a NHS Health Check is normally by invitation from your GP practice or you can enquire at your practice to see if you are eligible. Once you receive your invitation, contact your GP practice to book an appointment.