1 - What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol, a lipid, is associated with the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease. The measurement of cholesterol blood levels is used to classify patients according to coronary heart disease risk, to diagnose and treat various primary or secondary hyperlipidemias, and to monitor changes resulting from treatment.
2 - How does the test work?
The First Check® Cholesterol Test includes test strips that are treated with chemical reagents. A whole blood sample is absorbed on a receiving pad on the back of a test strip. The blood sample absorbs through to the front of a test strip and reacts with the reagents. The reaction area produces color that can be related to the total cholesterol or HDL concentration in the blood by comparison with a supplied color chart.
3 - Can the Result Circle change color without giving me a correct reading?
Yes, you may get an incorrect result if:
• You compared colors on the Total Cholesterol and/or HDL test before 5 minutes or after 7 minutes.
• You performed the test in direct sunlight, or in a steamy bathroom.
• The test cassette was stored or used above the maximum room temperature or 27˚C / 81˚F
4 - Will common foods, alcohol, vitamins or medicines affect my test results?
No. Foods and beverages (including orange juice), and most medications (including aspirin and most vitamins) will not interfere with the test. However, do not run the test within 4 hours after taking acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or Vitamin C tablets of 500mg or more.
5 - Do I need to fast before I take the test or perform it at a specific time of day?
No. You do NOT need to fast, and you can run the test at any time of the day that is convenient.