NHS Health Check

Helping you prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and dementia


The NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or have certain risk factors, will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes and some forms of dementia and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk. You can find out more in the articles below.

What is an NHS Health Check?

What happens at the Health Check, and why it's important.
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Why these conditions?

NHS Health Check can help you to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.
More about the vascular diseases

The vascular diseases

Heart disease

Heart disease occurs when the artery that supplies blood to the heart becomes blocked.
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A stroke deprives your brain of blood and is a medical emergency.
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Kidney disease

When the kidneys don't work properly, it can cause serious health problems.
More on kidney disease

Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes can raise your risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
More on type 2 diabetes


Vascular dementia is caused by problems with the supply of oxygen to the brain following a stroke or vessel disease.
More on dementia


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