This drive is to address early detection of “silent killer” conditions including high cholesterol, blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.
It is thought seven million UK adults have at least one of these disorders which leaves them at risk of developing other problems.
NHS England has pulled together plans to ensure local health authorities can identify those at risk.
This includes blood pressure machines available in doctor’s waiting rooms so patients can test themselves, and GP surgeries could be ask to go through their lists to find patients with a potentially irregular heartbeat.
Pharmacies will have a part to play in the plans as the high street branches provide free blood pressure tests on request.
Pin-prick blood tests will also be available in pharmacies to help diagnose high cholesterol levels.
Dr Matt Kearney, director for cardiovascular disease prevention at NHS England, said: “We could prevent hundreds of strokes and heart attacks if we improved identification and treatment of these conditions – at least hundreds, potentially a lot more.
“People are often walking around undiagnosed … There are proven treatments for these conditions and they’re all very effective. What’s common to these conditions is they generally don’t have any symptoms.”
Earlier this year we reported research found half of people have high blood pressure, but most are unaware or unwilling to do anything about it.
Fifty per cent of 1,097 people in a North American study had hypertension, a main cause of heart attacks and strokes.