10 February 2015

Northamptonshire County Council is urging eligible people to show a little love to their hearts this Valentine’s Day by organising a free NHS health check for themselves – and for their special someone too.

It isn’t only love that can break your heart; everyone is at risk of developing heart disease.

The good news is that early detection can often prevent it – and health checks are the perfect opportunity to check that some of the body’s most important systems are all running smoothly.

About health checks

Each session lasts around 20 to 30 minutes and during this time blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI will all be checked.

People will also be asked some simple questions about their family history and any medication they are taking.

After the health check they will be taken through the results and be given personalised advice on how to lower any risks and stay healthy.

The tests also look for other conditions such as stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia – all of which can often be prevented.

Health checks are available to most people aged between 40 and 74, unless they have an existing vascular condition which is already being taken care of by their GP.

Councillor Robin Brown, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said:

“Valentine’s Day is when we show someone how much we love them – and what better way to do this than by making sure we have a long, happy, and healthy life together.

“Even if people are feeling fit and well, it’s worth getting checked over to lower the risk of certain conditions developing in the future. It takes less than half an hour to have the health check, and can make a real difference to your health and wellbeing.”

People can find out if they are eligible for a free health check or contact their GP surgery for more information.