Between 2012 and 2013 the percentage of people in Herefordshire with heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes or suffering a stroke was higher than the average for England. The NHS Health Check is your chance to get a free midlife MOT. It is a sophisticated check of heart health aimed at adults in England aged 40 to 74. The Health Check examines vascular or circulatory health to work out a person's risk of developing some of the most disabling, but preventable illnesses. It checks that the body's most important systems are all running smoothly. Blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI are all checked alongside an alcohol risk assessment. The assessment will also raise the awareness of dementia. Once the Health Check has assessed your risk of developing these health problems, you will receive tailored advice on how to reduce your risk.
Your NHS Health Check can spot early signs of these conditions and help prevent them happening to you, which means you'll be more likely to enjoy life for longer. Visit the NHS Health Check page to find out more about what to expect.
How the NHS Health Check programme works in Herefordshire
If you are aged 40 or over, do not already have diabetes, stroke, heart or kidney disease, and are not already being treated for high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels then you are eligible for a free NHS Health Check. The NHS aim to invite a fifth of these people each year so that everyone is invited once in five years. GP practices send out invitations and arrange for people to attend for their NHS Health Check. This will usually be at your GP surgery.