Who can get a Health Check?
If you are aged between 40 and 74, you can ask your GP about NHS Health Checks for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Following your Health Check you will be better prepared for the future and be able to take steps to maintain or improve your health.
How does it work?
Unfortunately, everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented - even if you have a history of them in your family. It is not only an opportunity to put sort out any emerging problems or to deal with any worries you might be having. Also to get personal advice on keeping yourself healthy and active in the future.
To have a FREE health check - just contact your GP!
I’m already healthy, why do I need one?
The NHS Health Check gives you an overall score that you can keep track of and improve over time. Some think of this as their “heart age”. As important as the NHS Health Check is; it is the action plan for health improvement that makes the real difference to your health.
Some people end up with a NHS Health Check score that is better than normal and no changes will be necessary. But for most of us, some change will be recommended. For example, you may be advised to be more physically active or cut down on the amount of fat, salt or sugar in your diet. We can also help you with this through Living Well Sefton www.livingwellsefton.org.uk
If your Health Check might suggests you are at higher risk. You might be offered medicines to control your blood pressure or lower your cholesterol. Along with help to take action with losing weight or stopping smoking.