Healthy Heart Check – your free NHS health check

If you can say yes to all of the following…

  • I am aged 40 – 74
  • I have not had a heart attack or stroke
  • I do not have diabetes or kidney disease
  • I have not had a Health Heart Check/NHS Health Check within the last 5 years
  • I am not on medication for high blood pressure or a statin for cholesterol

You can find out about the FREE Healthy Heart Check!

 Why should you book your Healthy Heart check?

  • Even though you might be feeling great, you may be at risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes or dementia
  • A free Healthy Heart Check can help you reduce the risk factors and make sure that you stay healthy

 What happens during the test?

  • The check will take about 20-30 minutes
  • You’ll be asked some simple questions; for example, about your family history and your lifestyle choices
  • We’ll measure your height, weight and calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • We’ll check your blood pressure, pulse and cholesterol
  • We will calculate a risk score

 What happens after the check?

  • We will discuss how you can reduce your risk and stay healthy.
  • You’ll be taken through your results and told what they mean. Some people may be asked to return at a later date for their results
  • You’ll be given personalised advice on how to lower your risk and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • You will be given information and contact details of local lifestyle services, e.g. your local stop smoking service
  • Some people with raised blood pressure will have their kidneys checked through a blood test
  • Some people may need to have another blood test to check for type 2 diabetes. Your health professional will be able to tell you more
  • Your GP may decide to prescribe treatment or medication to help you maintain your health

 Where?

  • You can have a Healthy Heart Check at your GP practice, or at one of our community events
  • If you are eligible you may receive a letter from your GP inviting you in for a check

Jan 9, 2016 | Posted by | Comments Off on Healthy Heart Check – your free NHS health check