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NHS Health Check (vascular risk)

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  • NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease
    • everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions, will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk
    • the Health check involves:
      • Personal history
        • some people are more likely to develop vascular disease than others
          • therefore, the check will involve a brief personal history and a review of some key personal details, such as:
            • age: older people are at an increased risk
            • ethnicity: some ethnic groups, for example, south Asians and Afro-Caribbeans, are at an increased risk
            • smoking status: smokers are at increased risk
            • family history: if there's a history of these diseases in your family, then you're at an increased risk
            • physical activity: people who are physically inactive are at an increased risk
      • Quantitative measures used in health check:
        • serum cholesterol
        • blood pressure
        • body mass index (BMI
        • blood glucose
  • the Department of Health and NHS Diabetes and Kidney Care work together to support the NHS in delivering the NHS Health Check programme


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