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NHS checks 'should be done at shops and stadiums'

From BBC - September 12, 2017

Vital health checks should be carried out in shops and at football grounds to diagnose people at risk of heart attacks and strokes, NHS chiefs say.

NHS England and Public Health England are urging the novel approach to get more people to come forward for the over-40s checks programme.

Only half of those eligible in England end up getting the regular checks.

Firefighters could even carry them out or refer patients while they do home safety checks, they say.

The health checks were introduced to spot the early signs of conditions such as dementia, diabetes, heart disease and strokes.

They look for conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.

But because of the large numbers not taking part in the scheme, there are an estimated 5.5 million people with undiagnosed high blood pressure alone.

The health chiefs believe if everyone entitled to the checks, which are offered at least every five years up to the age of 74, got them, 9,000 heart attacks and 14,000 strokes could be prevented over the next three years.

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