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The NHS Health Check is designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.

The check is for people who are aged 40 to 74 who do not have any of the following pre-existing conditions: heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), atrial fibrillation, transient ischaemic attack, inherited high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia), heart failure, peripheral arterial disease, stroke, currently being prescribed statins to lower cholesterol.

You should receive a letter inviting you for a free NHS Health Check every 5 years.

You may want to try this online Heart Age test or the How Are You quiz.

How can I improve my test results?

Once you’ve had your NHS Health Check, your healthcare professional will discuss your results with you. You’ll be given advice to help you lower your risk of a stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes or dementia, and maintain or improve your health. But you do not have to wait until then to make healthy changes.