CardioChek Portable Blood Test System
- ANALYZER ONLY
- TEST STRIPS SOLD SEPARATELY (required)
- MEMO CHIP SOLD WITH TEST STRIPS (required)
- Easy to use
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coronary heart disease and other risk factors: age (men 45 and up, women 55 and up), family history, smoking, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, diabetes
Insert memo chip into CardioChek (unique chip ships with every set of test strips), apply self-collected blood to strip, insert test strip into CardioChek, wait and read results
Top Customer Reviews
The device is about the size of a long pack of cigarettes and is SUPER easy to use. You can buy a variety of test strips for it. We have the total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and Triglycerides tests. From these, you can also calculate your LDL levels quite easily.
You turn on the CardioChek, slide in whichever strip you want to use, and then add in a drop of blood. We have an AutoLancet which is a one-button push pen-like item that easily gets a drop of blood without much pain at all. Then you wait maybe 30 seconds, and the device tells you the exact number.
We haven't had any problems with this system at all. If anything, the problem we have is that I don't bleed easily and my blood refuses to leave my body :) I find that running my hand or foot under warm water for a few minutes helps out. My toes seem to work better than my fingers, and are less sensitive, too.
Highly recommended, we haven't had any problems with this at all in the many years of use.
Unfortunately, this machine could not even do that. Because the test results are wildly different even between two tests performed within minutes of each other.
I also compared the test results to actual medical lab test results that I ran on the same day.
Say my lab results on that month were 205, CardioChek then tells me (multiple attempts with multiple strips): 178, 139, 173, 166
As you can see, not only are they very inaccurate, they aren't even consistent. And I got the same kind of wildly fluctuating results with the Total Cholesterol Strips and the HDL Strips.
I tried taking blood in different ways, I followed the instructions to the letter, and nothing improved.
To be fair, their phone technical support was very helpful, but after a few talks with them, nothing improved:
- First they gave me tips on how perform tests better and it didn't help.
- Then they sent me new strips free of charge, but these didn't help.
- Then they wanted to see if they can fix the machine but since I don't live in the US, all of the shipping hassles I had to make via a third-party were simply too much to handle and too expensive/time-consuming. Plus, I saw that other people had similar experiences so I figured it's not my specific machine that is the problem and gave up.
Upon unpacking the unit and checking all components, I revise the unit put the batteries on. My first impression was that the unit, the screens and the strips looked more like a toy than a home-medical device. I think that the materials used, the dimensions and LCD display look cheap, not that the price is cheap. This contrast poorly when compared to any blood glucose monitor construction and price.
I decided to take it for a test drive, so I used the included pink boxy lancets. It is a pre-loaded lancet that you need to press hard against your finger until the raised cover is pushed inside and the lancet is activated. It is extremely painful as you have to push hard and the needle is thick. I used it once and switched to the lancets I use for my blood glucose meter because my finger tip was bruised for an entire day after one use. You might need to prick your finger(s) several times for each of the Total Cholesterol, HDL and Triglyceride tests. If you have used lancets from other companies you will find that many companies design their product to make it painless and the customer to use their product over others. I do not think that was the case with these lancets. In addition, the capillaries collect enough blood for one single test, so you know those will go fast.
The test strips are a plastic with a window on which to deposit the blood. These windows have a paper-like recipient with the reactive agent that changes color with the blood.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First: Seller did not accept my return on June 7 although I received the product on May 9, that is, less than 30 days apart. Read morePublished 1 month ago by High Fly
The device is highly inaccurate. I used it for a while, and the measured values jumped up and down, so I got suspicious. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Marianna Gnedin
Not sure about this meter. When I first tested results seemed in line with what I got at Lab Corp. Then I went on a lowering cholesterol diet andf added in a lot of exercise. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Hudson
Inconsistent, highly variable readings. Tedious, unnecessarily complicated software. Superfluous setting options obscure and often impede useful operations. Read morePublished 12 months ago by CSG
I have owned this product since 2012, and it always works well. I am a RN and have compared my results with lab work done at the hospital, and the results of CardioChek are... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Maronis
Its not accurate at all. I went to doctors office for check up and had a full blood panel done for cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, etc. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Murphy
I buy these and the strips for my dad and he loves them. No complaints.Published 16 months ago by S. Shahkarami