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How To Check 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if i want to check my own blood pressure and cholesterol. Is there an at-home way to do this?
Absolutely: Certainly, there are many BP monitors available in any drug store. The only ones i don't recommend are the wrist monitors, as they tend to be less accurate. I do recommend to patients to take it with them to the doctor, and take it with your machine and compare it to what the dr's office got just to verify accuracy. Regarding cholesterol, there's an otc test called cholestrak you can buy. ...Read more
Would like to check cholesterol/trigs using a home kit before seeing doc in 6 mos.; on simvastatin 20mg (age 48). Any recommendations?
No harm in it...: The test may not be as accurate as a blood test done at the lab. Also, it only gives you a signle number..Total cholesterol. There are few other components of the cholesterol testing in medical practice..These are quite important in determining the effectiveness of the medication..Some med increase good cholesterol, others lower it..Thus, you need to full profile..In the lab. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Garlic helps some: I have no experience treating this and there is no formal research, but many patients report that topical garlic is effective, though it may sting and burn. See http://www.Earthclinic.Com/cures/xanthoma.Html measures to lower cholesterol usually help to prevent recurrence. ...Read more
Just a blood draw: It is just a blood draw - most people tolerate that very well. ...Read more
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