- Used For Measuring Total Cholesterol in Whole Blood With CardioChek Analyzers - Provides a Quantitative Measurement of Total Cholesterol and is Intended to Assist in Screening for Decreased HDL Cholesterol
- Patient-Friendly Analyzer Requires a Small Blood Sample from a Simple Fingerstick
- Results Available in as Little as 1 Minute - Provides Values and Measurements Using the Same Technology as Clinical Laboratories
- A MEMo Chip is Provided with Each Package of Test Strips and Must be Properly Inserted into the Analyzer - Contains Test Name, Calibration Curve, Lot Number and Test Strip Expiration Date
- The Kit Includes:
- 3 Test Strips per Vial
- 1 MEMo Chip
- 3 Safety Lancets,
- Blood Collectors
- 71 Million American Adults (33.5%) have High Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL), or “Bad” Cholesterol and Only 1 out of 3 People with High LDL Cholesterol has the Condition Under Control
- The Strips Have a Measuring Range of 100-400 mg/dL
- Intended for In-Home Use (Self-Testing or Professional Use - FDA Approved, CLIA Waived and Hospital Quality)
According to American Heart Association, high cholesterol is one of the main risk factors for coronary heart disease that you can control. An estimated 102.3 million American adults (means more than 60% of all adults older than 20 years old) have total blood cholesterol levels of 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and higher, which is above desirable levels. Of these, 41.3 million (more than 1 of every 5 adults) have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher, which is considered high risk.
High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for developing heart disease and stroke. It is important for all adults over 20 years of age to test every 5 years for cholesterol and more often for those with total cholesterol levels of over 200 mg/dl.
- What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is naturally produced by your liver and helps carry fat to parts of your body that need it for energy and repairs.
When your cholesterol rises above a certain level, it may start building up in your body, putting you at an increased risk for stroke or heart disease. The increased cholesterol levels can be a result of your diet, the amount of exercise you get and also, your family history.
- Why is cholesterol important?
High cholesterol contributes to the risk factors that lead to coronary heart disease. A risk factor is a habit, trait or condition in a person that may cause a greater chance of developing a disease or chronic health problem. Other risk factors for heart disease, which can be controlled include high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, being overweight and not exercising. Heart disease risk factors that you cannot control include diabetes, being male, or having a family history of heart disease. The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends that all adults age 20 and over have their cholesterol measured.
- How often should I take the cholesterol test?
The National Cholesterol Education Program advises that if you are older than 20 you should have a Total Cholesterol test. If your Cholesterol test results are in the desirable range, you can be re-tested as early as every 2 years. If you have borderline or high cholesterol levels, and you already have evidence of hearth disease, you should have a Cholesterol Panel performed. In addition, you should get a thorough medical evaluation by a health care professional. If you are currently being treated with cholesterol-lowering medications, you may need to have your cholesterol panel re-tested (initially) as often as every 3 months. You should also have a Liver Enzyme Panel test performed to determine if your cholesterol reduction treatment is working effectively. Cholesterol test results provide important information, but never adjust your medication(s) based on the test results alone. Always consult with your health care professional before making any changes in your treatment.