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Health checks

If you are aged between 40 and 74, not already being treated for a related condition and live in Leicester, you are eligible for a free health check.

It takes just 30 minutes and will assess your risk of developing heart disease, type two diabetes, kidney disease and stroke.

Why do I need a health check?

Anyone can develop heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease or have a stroke. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented – even if you have a history of them in your family.

If you are 40-74 and live in Leicester, you will be invited for a health check by your GP. Even if you feel fine now, you should accept the invitation. You will be better prepared for the future and know how to improve your health and your quality of life.

You should contact your GP if you want to book a health check, or if you have any questions about your health check.

Know your Numbers

High blood pressure

High blood pressure (or hypertension) is known as the silent killer as it has no symptoms and can lead to strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and dementia. It is preventable in the majority of cases, responding well to treatment including medications and lifestyle changes and it is therefore really important to get blood pressure checks regularly.

Why do I need my blood pressure checked?

High blood pressure is known as the silent killer as it has no symptoms which is why it’s important to be tested regularly.

  • Loads of us have high BP and don’t know – this can increase your risk of heart disease and strokes. The problem is many of us have it and just don’t know, so it’s really important to be tested regularly and get the appropriate treatment – this can include medication or lifestyle changes.
  • It’s also important to be tested regularly as lots of us know we have high blood pressure but either don’t take medication or don’t take it properly. Your GP can help you create a proper treatment plan.
  • Living a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure.
  • Take regular exercise, eat well, give up smoking and drink less alcohol – these all help to keep your blood pressure at the right numbers.

Want to find out more?

Visit the following website for further information on blood pressure: