High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol
Home Screening Test
HDL Cholesterol Home Screening Test is intended for in-vitro diagnostic for the semi-quantitative determination of High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) in whole blood.
HDL Cholesterol Home Screening Test is used to screen for low levels of HDL as a risk factor in coronary artery disease. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are a special class of proteins that carry cholesterol from the body's tissues to the liver.
Because HDL can remove cholesterol from within arteries, and transport it back to the liver for excretion, they are seen as "good" lipoproteins. When measuring cholesterol, any contained in HDL particles serves as protection to the body's cardiovascular health. (In contrast to "bad" low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.)
This test provides preliminary analytical results. All results indicating low blood cholesterol levels should be verified by a confirmatory method. Clinical considerations and professional judgment should be applied to the interpretation of results by this test.
HDL Cholesterol, often referred to as “good cholesterol”, is an important component of a lipid profile. A low HDL indicates increased risk of coronary heart disease, while a high HDL indicates decreased risk. Individuals should consult their healthcare professional with any questions about HDL levels and when to use this test.
Principle of the Test
The HDL Cholesterol Home Screening Test includes test strips that are treated with chemical reagents. A whole blood sample is absorbed on a receiving pad on the back of a test strip. The sample then comes in contact with a separating pad that binds all of the low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.) The sample then comes in contact with a chemically treated reaction pad. The reaction area produces color that can be related to the cholesterol concentration in the blood by comparison with a supplied color chart. The deeper the color is, the higher the HDL Cholesterol level.
In an extensive evaluation involving a large number of clinical samples, the HDL Values measured on the HDL Cholesterol Home Screening Test showed that the HDL Cholesterol Home Screening Test could identify very low HDL levels ( <40 mg/dl) 84% of the time. For levels of HDL >100 mg/dl, the test correctly detected them 98% of the time.