If you are in the 40-74 age group, at some point you can expect to receive an invitation for a health check in the post. Everyone who is eligible will receive an invitation every five years.
Locally, depending on where you live, health checks are delivered either by your GP practice or by Boots, your invitation will provide you with details of how to make an appointment.
At the health check
An NHS Health Check takes no more than 30 minutes. You’ll be asked some simple questions about the health of your family (parents, brothers, sisters) and the lifestyle choices you make that may put your health at risk.
You’ll have your height and weight measured together with your blood pressure and a free cholesterol check. This will help to assess your risk of cardiovascular disease in the next ten years.
After your check you will be given personalised advice about how to reduce your risk and you may need further tests with your GP. You’ll be able to find out how simple lifestyle changes, such as diet and physical activity can lower your risk of developing serious health problems later in life. Support is also available through LiveWell Dorset.
Know your numbers
By knowing your blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol measurements and completing the RISK calculator, you can calculate your percentage risk of a cardiovascular event in the next ten years.
Being aware of your risk and understanding the factors which contribute to your personal risk, you have already made a start to improve your long term health outcomes. The following guide will help you to understand the numbers and think about what steps you can take to reduce them.
- Low – you have less than a 10% chance of a heart or circulation problem in the next 10 years
- Moderate – you have a 10-20% chance of a heart or circulation problem in the next 10 years
- High – you have more than a 20% chance of a heart or circulation problem in the next 10 years
Research shows that even small changes to your lifestyle can have a surprising effect on your health.