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Home blood cholesterol test devices or kits are an important tool in determining high levels of plasma lipids, a marker of heart disease. As is widely known, coronary heart disease, a disease of the heart’s arteries, is the leading cause of death in America and most of the Western World today. High cholesterol levels play a significant role in as many as 50% of those deaths. Much of the misery and disease associated with high cholesterol can be reduced. Even though high cholesterol is a serious risk factor for heart disease, it can be modified by diet, exercise and other lifestyle modifications.

Most monitors or test kits work on the same principle, irrespective of the price, wherein a lancet device is used to prick the finger, and a single drop of blood is placed onto a test strip. The test kits or monitors can screen a patient's overall cholesterol level at home with one drop of blood within three – ten minutes depending on the model. Most monitors measure total blood cholesterol, which consists of HDL and LDL levels combined.

Below you will find a list of some of the most common home blood cholesterol tests or monitors available.

  • The CardioChek is an FDA approved hand-held medical diagnostics system to monitor key health indicators including total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides and others such as glucose and ketones in the comfort of your own home. Prices range from $160 - $200. You will need special strips for this device that cost around the $20 mark for a packet of 6.

  • CholesTrak®, FDA approved, allows you to determine your total cholesterol level quickly, (12 minutes), simply, and conveniently in your own home, office or while traveling. Prices are around the $20 mark. Includes two tests.

  • Venture ® Home Cholesterol Test Kit is approved by the FDA. Measures Total Cholesterol. This easy to use home cholesterol test kit accurately measures your total blood cholesterol level conveniently in the privacy of your own home. Prices start at around $11 and a pack of additional test strips will cost around $48.

  • The Lifestream Plus cholesterol monitor provides results that help you track your progress toward a healthier lifestyle in just three minutes. The Lifestream Plus cholesterol monitor is as accurate as tests used by doctors and medical labs. It requires just one drop of blood from an easy finger stick. No fasting is required. Priced at around the $120 mark.

    As of today, The American Heart Association hasn't taken a position on cholesterol home testing devices. Several devices are on the market. Some measure only total cholesterol. Others measure total cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or "good" cholesterol. One measures low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or "bad" cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides (blood fats).

    Whatever you decide is best for you, before buying any product such as those mentioned above, consider the additional cost of the test strips, often is the case that the strips cost more than the actual device. That said home blood cholesterol tests or monitors can save you time and help you evaluate the success of lifestyle modifications.

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