As we get older our risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, strokes or dementia increases. The NHS Health Check is available to everyone aged 40-74 who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions. Even if you are feeling well it is worth having your NHS Health Check now to assess your risk and prevent it from happening by making the right lifestyle choices, which we can help you with.
If you are eligible for a health check you will be offered a 30 minute appointment with one of our Health Care Assistants (HCA), and will be invited for a check once every five years.
What will happen at the Health Check?
During your appointment the HCA will ask you questions about things that you have no control over, such as
Age, Family History and Ethnicity
She will also take and record your:
Body Mass Index (BMI) based on your height and weight
Cholesterol – by a simple finger-prick test (or if you have had a cholesterol check within 12 months we will use that information)
You will be asked:
How much alcohol you consume
How much exercise you take
Whether you smoke
All this data together will give you a an overall score to indicate whether you are at a low risk or high risk for developing heart disease within the next 10 years.
The nurse will take you through your results and explain what they mean, she will offer advice on how you can change the lifestyle choices that you make, which may mean that you need to increase your exercise, eat a healthier diet or reduce your alcohol intake. All these factors are within your control and are you choice.
If the HCA finds that your BP or your cholesterol are raised you will be offered another follow-up appointment with your doctor.
By identifying the potential risk of developing these diseases early and by taking steps to reduce it, you can improve your chance of maintaining or even improving your health as you get older. Make the right choice and book an appointment now.
More information on the NHS Health Check can be found on the NHS Choices website.
Stop Smoking - Smokefree Norfolk. Tel: 0800 0854 113 or visit their Website
Physical Activity with Active Norfolk. Tel: 01603 732333 or visit their Website
Weight Management with Slimming World. Tel: 0344 892 0400 or visit their Website
Diabetes Prevent. Tel: 0800 043 9806 or visit their Website
Well Being. Tel: 0300 123 1503 or visit their Website
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