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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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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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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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The techs can't seem to find my vein to draw blood for cholesterol testing. Why is that?

The techs can't seem to find my vein to draw blood for cholesterol testing. Why is that?

Not unusual: Some people have veins that are either deeper or more difficult to cannulate. Sorry but that is normal. ...Read more

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I scheduled an appointment to get three tests done: pap smear, mammogram and cholesterol testing. What can I expect?

I scheduled an appointment to get three tests done: pap smear, mammogram and cholesterol testing. What can I expect?

3 different tests: Cholesterol test is bloodwork. You will go to the blood lab for them to draw a tube of blood. Mammogram is a screening test for breast cancer typically start at age 40 unless you have a problem or are at high risk. Breasts are compressed in the mammogram machine and xrays taken (2 per breast usually). Pap -speculum inserted into vagina and cells scraped from cervix to test for cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Is cholesterol testing a good indicator of future heart problems? Is an ECG a good way to measure if your heart is working properly/heart health?

Is cholesterol testing a good indicator of future heart problems? Is an ECG a good way to measure if your heart is working properly/heart health?

Risk factors: High cholesterol is only one of the risk factors for coronary artery disease, among other risks such as diabetes, hypertension, smoking, and family history. Ecg evaluates heart rhythm and can diagnose some problems with the heart but is a very limited test. Depending on symptoms, further testing may be recommended. ...Read more

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Is this dysfunctional HDL cholesterol? total cholesterol 241 LDL 128 VLDL 9 triglycerides 43 and HDL 104. Doctor won't give me more testing.

Is this dysfunctional HDL cholesterol? total   cholesterol 241 LDL 128 VLDL 9 triglycerides 43 and HDL 104. Doctor won't give me more testing.

Looks pretty good: The most notable things about this cholesterol (lipid/blood fat) picture is the good elevation of HDL and low VLDL/triglycerides. You can see that 104 of your total cholesterol (241) is the good stuff. Your LDL is a little high but particle analysis won't change the recommendation. I agree with your doctor. Work to maintain this very good profile. ...Read more

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Is an ESR of 34 and joint pains with burning skin, high triglyceride, high cholesterol. After -ve testing, 14 months of possible HIV exposure related?

Is an ESR of 34 and joint pains with burning skin, high triglyceride, high cholesterol. After -ve testing, 14 months of possible HIV exposure related?

ESR, lipids and HIV: Patients with HIV may have elevations of esr, but ESR is just a marker of inflammation. Many different types of inflammation can elevate the esr. Hiv itself does not elevate cholesterol or triglycerides, but protease inhibitors, medications used to treat HIV can elevate them. Please see your doctor for a complete examination. If there is a risk of HIV exposure, please get tested. ...Read more

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What is the name of the glucose testing machine that can measure the sugar without pricking the finger?

What is the name of the glucose testing machine that can measure the sugar without pricking the finger?

Many: I think you are talking about alternative site testing. You still have to "prick" something, just not the finger. Some of these sites are: forearm, palm, upper arms, thighs...Most meters now offer alternative site testing:some examples: freestyle, precisionxtra, breeze2, contour, one touch ultra/smart/mini, accucheck aviva/compact plus, true track smart/sidekick. ...Read more