How and Where to Buy a Cholesterol Test
The most obvious place to obtain a medical test of any type is through your doctor
In recent decades, the dangers of high cholesterol have been highlighted. Cholesterol warnings which are made available, not only in medical journals but in everyday publications and media, are so prevalent that unless you have been living in a cave you could not escape the warnings. That being said, you may wonder if you are at risk. How will you know? A cholesterol test, of course -- but how and where do you find a cholesterol test?
Where Can You Buy a Cholesterol Tests
Many of the better known retail drug chains offer on-line stores (ex: RiteAid.com, CVS.com, Target.com, Walgreens.com, etc.) offer a variety of at-home-test-kits for monitoring your cholesterol level; you can order right over your computer or telephone, taking advantage of convenient home delivery.
In addition to these known/established retail stores, there are thousands of lesser known online/mail-order businesses which make cholesterol home test kits available. A quick google will return thousands of results of vendors who make cholesterol tests available from numerous e-stores..
Discuss this with your primary caregiver as he/she may prefer you to order a particular type of test, depending on your current health situation and risks. Your doctor’s office may have contacts within the medical industry – it is possible they can recommend (or even direct you to) a supplier.
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Mail Order Cholesterol Tests
One of the better known companies for purchasing a cholesterol kit is Check Up America Cholesterol Panel. Like many of the other mail order companies, they offer a convenient and inexpensive accurate home testing kit. This company differs slightly from the others, in that you are required to return your sample by mail to obtain the test results. This extra step helps assure accuracy.
Another one of the better known mail order companies is Cholesterol Home Scan. This company may be the least expensive of all of the home testing kits available. While this test is the cheapest, it is not known for being the most accurate (usually within five percentage points); but, if you are not in danger of heart disease and are trying to save money, this test could be right for you. As with any medical testing, it is best to check with your doctor.
The American Heart Association strongly recommends that the first choice for a cholesterol test is through your medial professional’s office. Their reasoning is that there are overall risk factors which need to be taken into account (eating habits, age, family history, rate of alcohol consumption, smoking history, etc.) Your primary doctor will most likely have all of your personal information/medical history available.
Keep in mind, cholesterol testing should never replace an appointment with your doctor, but if you are someone who may be at risk for heart disease (or any of the related ailments) you may need to monitor your cholesterol levels more frequently, to determine as soon as possible if there is a problem. Knowing your cholesterol level allows you to take control in preventing heart disease.