If you are between the ages of 40 and 74 and you haven't already been diagnosed with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease or dementia, you are eligible for a free NHS Health Check every five years which can help you prevent these illnesses.
NHS Health Checks assess the risks to your health and offer you personalised advice and support to help you minimise those risks.
Why NHS Health Checks are important
As you get older, you have a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease or type 2 diabetes.
Your NHS Health Check can spot the early signs of these and help prevent them.
More information about NHS Health Checks and how to act on your results is available on the NHS website.
Try our heart age test
The NHS free online Heart Age Test will quickly reveal your heart age, and how to lower it, as well as ways to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.
It's simple to use and doesn't take long to do, so you can do it on the move. Of course, the more information you provide, the more accurate your results will be.
Support in Gateshead
In Gateshead, NHS Health Checks are available from most GP surgeries, contact your local surgery to find out. They are also available at Whitworth Chemists, 0191 487 7007.
More help from your GP
If you are registered with your local GP, you should receive an invite to take part in an NHS Health Check every five years starting from when you turn 40.
If you don't receive an invite from your GP you can ask for a Health Check directly, or book one using the alternative methods above.