Health Checks for patients aged 40-
UK guidelines recommend that all people aged 40 or more should have a routine cardiovascular risk assessment. A ‘risk factor calculator’ is commonly used by doctors and nurses to assess the risk of you developing a cardiovascular disease such as: heart attack, angina, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Treatment is recommended if you have a high risk.
Who should have their NHS Health Check?
All adults aged between 40 and 74 who do not have established cardiovascular disease.
What does the NHS Health Check involve?
We need to take your blood pressures, cholesterol and blood sugar test, recent height and weight etc in order to calculate your risk score.
What does the assessment score mean?
You are given a score as a % chance.
So, for example, if your score is 30% this means that you have a 30% chance of developing a cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years. This is the same as saying a 30 in 100 chance (or a 3 in 10 chance). In other words, in this example, 3 in 10 people with the same risk factors that you have will develop a cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years. Note: the score cannot say if you will be one of the three. It cannot predict what will happen to each individual person. It just gives you the odds.
You are said to have a:
We will contact you for annual reviews if your ESTIMATED RISK is over 20% but we are also inviting those with MODERATE and LOW risk estimates.
- High risk – if your score is 20% or more. (That is, a 2 in 10 chance or more of developing a cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years.)
- Moderate risk – if your score is 10 – 20% (between 1 in 10 and 2 in 10 chance).
- Low risk – if your score is less than 10% (less than a 1 in 10 chance).
Once we have worked out your more personalised risk score, we can let you know what, if anything you need to do to reduce your risk. Lifestyle risk factors may need to be tackled. These include:
- Stop smoking if you smoke
- Eat a healthy diet
- Keep your weight and waist in check
- Take regular physical activity
- Cut back if you drink a lot of alcohol.
If medication for blood pressure or cholesterol etc is required we can organise this with you.
So if you are aged 40-74 and have no current risk factors, please call the practice to book an appointment with either Sr Horgan or our HCA, Dawn Bates.