Having high cholesterol puts you at an increased risk for heart disease. Developing low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, will cause your arteries to harden and narrow. Taking a home test for your cholesterol may help detect spikes in your cholesterol level. Keep in mind that home testing kits aren’t always accurate. Inaccuracy accounts for not following exact packaging directions, as indicated by the Mayo Clinic website.
Chemcard Cholesterol - The Chemcard Test Kit provides two tests. The test identifies elevated blood cholesterol ranging from 150 milligrams of cholesterol per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) to over 300mg/dL. According to the National Cholesterol Education Program, total cholesterol levels should be 200 mg/dL, with LDL levels bordering between 100 to 129 mg/dL. A sliding chart or a color wheel is provided with a Chemcard kit that changes color when your blood reacts to the testing pad. Colors that appear dark on the testing pad indicate high cholesterol.
Cholestrak Kits - A Cholestrak kit comes with two tests, as well. As noted by Cholesterol Check, fasting isn't necessary for Cholestrak tests. The kit works by placing a few drops of blood into a well on the testing device. After waiting a few minutes, the right side tab on the device is pulled to start the test's chemical reaction. The device needs to be tapped on your table to activate the test. The test result is then read like a thermometer to obtain your cholesterol levels.
Getting Results - To get good results with home testing kits, use a lancet on the side of your finger. By squeezing your finger firmly after piercing the skin, enough blood can be obtained for your tests. Washing your hands prior to a test can give you more dependable results, as residue on your fingers can skew results.