NHS health checks for certain people aged between 40 to 70 are starting in October 2014.
Invitations will be going out to patients to book with either Lisa Talboys or Ursula Hurley. Book an appointment via reception at DHC or RMC.
Why do I need an NHS health check?
We know that your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and dementia increases with age. There are also certain things that will put you at even greater risk. These are:
- being overweight
- being physically inactive
- not eating healthily
- drinking too much alcohol
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
Both men and women can develop these conditions, and having one could increase your risk of developing another in the future.
- In the brain a blocked artery or bleed can cause a stroke.
- In the heart a blocked artery can cause a heart attack or angina.
- The kidneys can be damaged by high blood pressure or diabetes, causing chronic kidney disease and increasing your risk of having a heart attack.
- being overweight and physically inactive can lead to type 2 diabetes.
- If unrecognised or unmanaged, type 2 diabetes could increase your risk of further health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.
What happens at the check?
This check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and stroke.
- The check will take about 20-30 minutes.
- You’ll be asked some simple questions. for example, about your family history and choices which may put your health at risk.
- We’ll record your height, weight, age, sex and ethnicity.
- We’ll take your blood pressure.
- We’ll do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.