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NHS Health Checks ‘have prevented up to 8,400 heart attacks and strokes’

20th December 2016

A new study has highlighted the potentially significant number of lives saved through the NHS Health Checks scheme in its first five years.

Research from Queen Mary University of London has indicated that the programme has prevented an estimated 4,600 to 8,400 heart attacks, strokes or deaths from these causes since its inception.

NHS Health Checks were introduced in 2009 to tackle heart attacks and strokes by offering free checks to all adults aged 40 to 74. Attendees receive professional advice on lifestyle changes and treatments, including statins, to reduce their risk.

It is estimated that the scheme has led to an increase in diagnoses of 30 percent for diabetes, 50 percent for hypertension and 80 percent for chronic kidney disease, with 40 percent more statins prescribed as a result.

However, the report also indicated that there remains room for improvement, especially in terms of ensuring even better treatments for those at higher risk.

Study leader Dr John Robson from Queen Mary University of London said: "If you compare attendance levels with other programmes, such as the bowel screening programme, the coverage here is much better, so one would hope that would translate into earlier opportunities for greater protection for those people."

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