Annual health checks for adults with Down’s syndrome checklist

Down’s Syndrome Association


It is estimated that 40,000 people in the UK have Down’s syndrome. Today the average life expectancy for a person with Down’s syndrome is between 50 and 60 years of age with a small number of people living into their seventies.

All adults with Down's syndrome should have an annual health check with their GP. Annual health checks should provide GPs with a thorough, comprehensive understanding of an adult with Down’s syndrome’s health, flagging up any problems at an early stage and helping people with Down’s syndrome feel more in control of their health.

This Guidelines summary covers routine blood tests, cardiovascular examination, and checking musculoskeletal instability.


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