Home Health Monitors : Types of Home Cholesterol Tests

Home Health Monitors : Types of Home Cholesterol Tests


There are a number of home cholesterol tests
on the market currently. Some of them only test your LDL or bad cholesterol. Some will
give you a total cholesterol count. And, most recently, they’ve come up with a home lab
machine that can test for triglycerides, LDL, bad cholesterol, and total cholesterol based
upon which of three testing agent strips you use in the machine. The test I’ve selected
for today’s demonstration is a simple home cholesterol test. It was thirteen dollars
at the grocery store in the pharmacy section. And it’s a three step test involving a finger
prick to draw a blood sample. A place to put the blood in the actual test kit and you wait
twelve minutes and read the results. And it will tell me my total cholesterol. Monitoring
cholesterol can be important for people who have had heart attacks in the past or who
have had blocked arteries or other cardiac issues that arise from high cholesterol. It’s
also a way for a patient to monitor their cholesterol in between doctor’s visits. And
seeing as a standard cholesterol test involves a venous blood draw from the crook of the
arm, it’s a little more convenient, maybe a little more cost effective to cut down on
venous blood draws by having patients using the cholesterol test at home. Like I say,
there’s a number of different cholesterol tests and your physician or other health care
provider can help you select the right one for you.

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