Home Cholesterol Test

How Accurate Is It?

A home cholesterol test can be about as accurate as the test your doctor uses, but you must follow the directions carefully.
Cholesterol tests taken at home vary in accuracy from brand to brand. Information about the test's accuracy is printed on its package. Tests that say they are "traceable" to a program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be more accurate than others.

The Results of a Home Cholesterol Test

If your cholesterol test shows that your cholesterol is higher than 200 mg/dL, talk to your doctor. Diet, exercise, and other factors can lower high cholesterol levels. Your doctor may want you to test your cholesterol again.
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