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CardioChek Portable Blood Test System

3.4 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • ANALYZER ONLY
  • TEST STRIPS SOLD SEPARATELY (required)
  • MEMO CHIP SOLD WITH TEST STRIPS (required)
  • Easy to use

Frequently Bought Together

  • CardioChek Portable Blood Test System
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  • CardioChek Starter Refill Cholesterol Kit includes 3 total,3 hdl,3 trig, 9 capillaries, and 9 lancets
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  • CardioChek Cholesterol Test Strips 3 ea
Total price: $140.05
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Product Description

CardioChek ST measures total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and glucose; test strips sold separately. TEST STRIPS SOLD SEPERATELY! MEMO CHIP SOLD WITH TEST STRIPS!

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00168L16M
  • UPC: 381930730015
  • Item model number: PS-000545 Rev.2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,160 in Beauty (See Top 100 in Beauty)
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Indications
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

Directions
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

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Customer Reviews

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Save your money. The CardioChek is very misleading and worthless. My experience. Several years ago bought the CardioChek meter when Lifestream another manufacturer of cholesterol monitoring equipment went out of business. The CardioChek meter always read low for total cholesterol and LDL compared to lab results. Returned meter to CardioChek for check out. The "new" meter read low and would not give repeatable results either. The company sent a "calibration" standard but would not tell me what the values were of the total cholesterol, etc. The standard was a pass or fail standard. I'm a retired chemist and calibration standards have discrete values not a range of 20 or 30 points for total cholesterol. The company said my blood draw was too small. Phooey. I had blood everywhere. Finally discarded the CardioChek in the trash. Fast forward. Dropped by the hospital for a cholesterol check this week. The were using a CardioChek PA system for the "quickie" cholesterol check plus a regular lab analysis. The hospital tech drew blood for both the CardioChek and the normal lab analysis. CardioChek Total Cholesterol 139 mg/DL; lab analysis: 196 mg/DL which is about normal based on a several recent lab tests. A cholesterol reading being lower by 29% is very poor. The real problem with CardioChek is the meter is give misleading low readings. The real shame is that CardioChek bought the mailing list of the bankrupt Lifestream company but did not think enough of the Lifestream technology to buy it also; Lifestream technology worked and was within about 3% of the lab results.
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We have owned this device for many years and use it fairly regularly. My boyfriend doesn't like doctors, so it's good to have the CardioChek device for nearly instant home testing whenever we wish. It's great!

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.
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I monitor my cholesterol for various reasons and wanted to figure out what makes my cholesterol go up or down so I figured I'd try a home tester to help me fine tune my habits. I assumed that even if the home tester would be inaccurate, it would still help me by showing me a general upwards or downwards trend.

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.
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Recently I had a lipid panel test. After reviewing with my doctor, I decided to purchase a blood glucose meter and the Cardiocheck Cholesterol Meter. I decided to monitor my glucose and cholesterol as I try to improve my lipid panels for the next time I have a lipid panel test in five months.
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.
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