First Check® Cholesterol Test
The First Check® Cholesterol Test is an innovative home health screening product that provides up to 3 results in every kit.
The test is:
- Easy to use
- Requires no Fasting
- Available at Most Pharmacies
- Provides Accurate Results in Minutes
- Over-the-Counter, no Prescription Required
- 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.
Download this PDFto learn more.
- What is Cholesterol?
- How does the test work?
- Can the Result Circle change color without giving me a correct reading?
- Will common foods, alcohol, vitamins or medicines 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 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.