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 diagnostic products
High cholesterol alone can cause coronary artery disease or stroke.
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 disease.
- 200-239 mg/dL Borderline-High:
-You may be at an increased risk for heart disease.
- 240 mg/dL & above-High:
-You may be at greater risk for heart disease.
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 level
- Diet: Saturated fat and cholesterol in the food you eat make your cholesterol levels go up.
- Weight: Being overweight is a risk factor for high cholesterol.
- Physical Activity: Not being physically active increases your risk for elevated cholesterol levels.
- Age: As men and women get older, their cholesterol levels rise.
- Heredity: 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 acids.
- Enjoy regular physical activity.
- Avoid tobacco smoke.
*These resource guidelines and recommendations are for informational purposes only and are no way affiliated with First Check.
**according to the AHA
Tips on Taking the First Check® Cholesterol 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 result.
- 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 early evening.
- If you take medication, never make any changes in your medication without consulting your doctor.
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- What should I do if my test results are below the limits of the Results Chart?
- Will foods, alcohol, or medication affect my test results?
- Do I need to fast before I take the test or perform it at a specific time of day?
1 - What should I do if my test results are below the limits of the Results Chart?
Call our toll-free Help Line at 1-888-788-5716. Our professional staff is available to assist you.
2 - Will foods, alcohol, or medication affect my test results?
No. Most substances will not interfere with the test. However, you should not perform the test within a 24 hour period if you have taken 500mg+ of Vitamin C or acetaminophen.
3 - Do I need to fast before I take the test or perform it at a specific time of day?
No. You can test yourself at any time, so fasting is not necessary. However, make sure you are well hydrated. If testing again, try to do so under the same conditions as the first time you tested.