First Check® Cholesterol Test
The First Check® Cholesterol Test is a home
cholesterol test that can provide you with your total cholesterol
level in as little as 12 minutes.
The test is:
- Easy to use
- Widely available
- Part of the First Check family of trusted
High cholesterol alone can cause coronary artery disease or
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), high cholesterol
is one of the main risk factors for coronary heart disease, which
is the leading cause of death in the US today. The AHA recommends
that everyone age twenty and older have a fasting lipoprotein
profile performed every five years to get information about total
cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.
The First Check®
Cholesterol Test is an excellent way to
monitor your total cholesterol level between doctor’s visits.
National Cholesterol Education Program Guidelines *
Total Cholesterol Level Results Description
- Less than 200mg/dL-Desirable:
-You are most likely at low risk for heart
- 200-239 mg/dL Borderline-High:
-You may be at an increased risk for heart
- 240 mg/dL & above-High:
-You may be at greater risk for heart
*These resource guidelines and recommendations are for
informational purposes only and are no way affiliated with First
About High Cholesterol *
High cholesterol is one of the main risk factors for Coronary
Heart Disease, which is the leading cause of death in America
today. Knowing your cholesterol level helps you to take control in
preventing heart disease.
Factors that can affect your cholesterol
-Saturated fat and cholesterol in the food
you eat make your cholesterol levels go up.
-Being overweight is a risk factor for
- Physical Activity:
-Not being physically active increases
your risk for elevated cholesterol levels.
-As men and women get older, their
cholesterol levels rise.
-Your genes partly determine how much
cholesterol your body makes.
Tips for lowering cholesterol
- Eat a heart-healthy diet, low in saturated fat
and rich in whole grains, fiber, and Omega-3 fatty
- Enjoy regular physical activity.
- Avoid tobacco smoke.
Tips on taking the test
- Do not fast prior to taking the test. Fasting
causes dehydration, which makes it more difficult to get enough
blood to run the test and usually results in a falsely low
- Do not take any vitamin C one full day (24
hours) before taking the test. Vitamin C inhibits the action of the
chemicals used in the test.
- We recommend taking the test in afternoon or
- If you take medication, never make any changes
in your medication without consulting your doctor.
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*according to the AHA