WHY HAVE AN NHS HEALTH CHECK?
(man) You folks interested in
a free NHS Health Check?
(woman) I'm quite pro the health check.
And I guess I have a very personal
reason for that. My own dad...
..was found to be borderline
on a health check.
He felt well,
he went because he was invited.
I think that the health check
has stopped from him becoming diabetic.
The NHS Health Check programme is
all about trying to discover disease
before it becomes a problem.
The health check focuses on some of
the really big killers in this country.
So heart disease, diabetes, stroke,
dementia, kidney disease.
And what we're doing is,
we know that in the early stages,
often there may not be many symptoms.
You may not know about
your risk factors.
(man) I never smoked
and didn't drink that much.
48 YEARS OLD
Did sport whenever I could,
Considered myself quite fit, really.
My father had a stroke
when he was my age.
But I put that down to him being
a bad smoker and a drinker as well.
And he never participated in sport.
So I thought I'd be well and truly
out of the woods, so to speak.
What you will find is, you'll be
some questions about your lifestyle.
Your smoking history and how much you
drink will definitely be on the agenda.
You will be weighed and measured.
You may have your
waist circumference measured
because we know that weight around
your midriff is a big risk factor.
And you may need blood tests
on top of that.
My cholesterol was 4.4,
which put me in a good mood.
So we then moved on to
the blood pressure test,
which seemed to struggle to
get a reading off the machines.
And eventually, the result came through.
And it was something like 273 over 191.
I didn't really know what
a good blood pressure was.
But when I saw the nurse's face,
she was horrified.
I think that rammed it home to me
something was seriously wrong with me.
I was admitted into the hospital.
Straight away, I was put onto a drip.
Because the readings...
I think every doctor and nurse that
saw the readings had a reaction of,
"Wow! OK, let's sort this out."
I remember my father having his stroke
because I was at home,
studying for my O levels at the time.
And it wasn't nice.
And I don't think my father ever
recovered from having that stroke.
Since my experience,
the men at work have put themselves
forward for health checks.
There's about four
that have gone for it now
that are in the 40 age bracket.
If we do get them through the door,
and if we can get them
to come for a health check,
they are often really good at
making those lifestyle changes
and, certainly, we have seen big
weight loss, or giving up cigarettes,
possibly more often in men
than in women.
I was a walking stroke/heart attack
victim waiting to happen.
I've got three children.
I think I need to be there for them.
And 48 is certainly no age to
have a stroke, like my father did.
Make the phone call straight away
and it could save your life.
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