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Portable machine check for high cholesterol at home?

Portable machine check for high cholesterol at home?

Avoid wrist machines: Most home BP monitoring machines are good and usually fairly inexpensive, <$50. The ones that work on the upper arm are a bit more accurate than the wrist machines. Also, check your BP in both arms, there may be a significant difference. If more than 10 mmhg, you should get that checked out by a cardiologist. If not, use the arm with the higher of the two measurements. Check it at random times. ...Read more

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What to do if i want to buy a cholesterol testing machine?

What to do if i want to buy a cholesterol testing machine?

Why: You can get this from ebay, or from a medical supply house. You would need a blood sample for it to give the proper data. Or is your goal to measure the cholesterol in your foods which requires sophisticated laboratory apparatus from a clinical or chemical supply house. Depends on what you are trying to accomplish. ...Read more

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Juicer machine called nutribullet has warning label to contact your doctor before using if taking cholesterol-lowering meds which i am. Any concerns?

Juicer machine called nutribullet has warning label to contact your doctor before using if taking cholesterol-lowering meds which i am.  Any concerns?

Not concerned.: I am not sure what they are getting at except to protect themselves from litigation. The one significant interaction between statins ( atorva-, simva-, and lova-) is with grapefruit so one should avoid this combination in excess. As with anything in life moderation is the key. ...Read more

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Do I need to fast before getting my LDL cholesterol checked?

Do I need to fast before getting my LDL cholesterol checked?

YES, FAST >12 hours: To get an accurate LDL cholesterol it is best to fast at least 12 hours. Drinking water is ok and necessary. Our office also allows 'black coffee' (no cream/sugar) hope that helps! ...Read more

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Two months back i had normal cholesterol levels. LDL was 60. Today when i checked LDL is 210. How is this possible? Can it be a miscalculation?

Fasting vs. not: LDL is very sensitive not only to fasting while the sample is taking, but how long the fasting 6 hours, vs. 8 hours, vs. 12 hours could make a difference in the level. second it is so sensitive the kind of meal you had before the test could affect the level. if you want to compare apple to apple. eat similar meal. fast for 12 hours every time, and do it at the same labs. ...Read more

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Just had a cholesterol check results are. The bloods used had been sitting for a week before the test was done - could this affect the results?

Just had a cholesterol check results are.  The bloods used had been sitting for a week before the test was done - could this affect the results?

Sitting a week: Hard to be sure! Please "bypass" your doctor and ask the lab techs whether a week late is inappropriate. It would not surprise if one week is too long and you should not be charged for a one week later. Do not be shy about this! Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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How often do I need my cholesterol checked?

How often do I need my cholesterol checked?

It depends:: If you at increased risk of coronary artery disease possibly every 5 years or less. If not at risk: perhaps every 10 years. *For risk factors see comments box below. Inflammation in the arteries is a key contributor to developing coronary heart disease. There is little evidence that treating elevated cholesterol with medication is beneficial if you have no history of heart disease. ...Read more

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Can it hurt to get your cholesterol checked?

Can it hurt to get your cholesterol checked?

Not really: A small amount of blood is drawn from a vein and it goes into a tube. I don't have any problems getting my blood drawn. ...Read more

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How can I keep cholesterol always in check, ?

Cloesterol: Diet and exercise along with medication if needed control most people. See your doc to work together on it. ...Read more