How do I use the
EarlyDETECT™ Cholesterol Test kit?
This EarIyDETECT™ Cholesterol Kit contains:
• Sealed pouch containing the test card and a moisture
absorbent packet to keep it fresh
• Safety Iancet
• Alcohol swab
• This set of instructions
Materials required but not provided:
• Clock or timer
• Clean tissue
Storage & stability
• Store this test kit in its sealed pouch at room
temperature (15°-28°C, 59°-82°F).
• Do not use this kit after the expiration date printed
on the package
Before you begin
• This EarIyDETECTTM Cholesterol Test is intended for
one time use only. Therefore, it is very important that
you read these instructions and understand everything
you have to do before you begin the test. You must
follow the instructions exactly.
• Do not open the pouch containing the test card until
you are ready to perform the test.
• Verify that the expiration date printed on the package
has not passed.
The EarIyDETECT™ Cholesterol Test can be used to
identify elevated total blood cholesterol levels that
may lead to increased risk of coronary artery disease.
All results indicating elevated total blood cholesterol
levels should be verified by a health professional. In
scientific terms, this test is known as solid phase
chemistry, which employs the same principle as the
enzymatic wet chemistries that are presently used in
many hospital laboratories.
Interpreting the results
To determine your result, match the blue-green color
of the Test Area with the six different color blocks
that appear in the windows as you slide the color
chart up and down. You will have 30 seconds to
decide which color block most closely matches your
test result before the Test Area begins to fade.
Note: If the Test Area is unevenly
colored, match the overall color area of the Test Area
to the color blocks on the sliding chart.
After determining the nearest color match, turn the card
over. Your total cholesterol reading appears in the
clear window marked “mg/dL” and “mmol/L”
• Desirable Range: Below 5.2 mmol/L (200 mg/dL). This is
a low risk area. You should maintain a healthy diet,
exercise regularly, and monitor your cholesterol
• Borderline-High: 5.2-6.5 mmol/L (200-250 mg/dL). This
is a moderate risk area. You should not become
unnecessarily alarmed, because there are other factors
that must be taken into account. Your general health,
smoking habits, age, weight, and family medical
history all play a role in determining your risk of
coronary artery disease. Test yourself again in 1-8
weeks. If the result is in the borderline-high area
again, see your doctor for another assessment and
• High: 6.5 mmol/L and above (250 mg/dL and above). This
is a high risk area. You should contact your doctor
for further tests and advice.
Many things can cause cholesterol readings to vary,
including stress, recent diet, rest, exercise, and other
biological factors. It is not unusual for results in
some people to vary by as much as 10% to 20% over a
period of time.
Limitations of this test
• The directions must be followed exactly to provide
• Do not open the foil packet containing the test
card until you are ready to conduct the test.
• Do not alter your medication dosage or schedule
based on the results of this test. Discuss any
medication changes with your doctor first.
• Certain rare medical conditions (such as blood
bilirubin or hematocrit levels outside the normal
range) may cause your test results to be inaccurate.
If you are unsure whether this lies to you, ask
• Cholesterol testing should not be done within
three months of a serious health problem (such as
heart attack or major surgery) or within three weeks
of a minor health problem (such as influenza or
diarrhea). Pregnant women should wait until after
delivery to test their cholesterol levels.
• Each test card may only be used once. Discard it