There are a number of very important indicators that can help you assess the risk to your heart's health. This test analyses 8 essential biomarkers.
Early diagnosis is vital for giving the best clinical outcomes. Regular monitoring means you can make real decisions to improve your heart's health.
Anyone who wants to find out how healthy their heart is.
Knowing your cholesterol and HbAc levels which are strongly associated with cardiovascular disease, can tell you a lot about your heart health.
Your heart health can be improved through lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, daily exercise, weight loss and stopping smoking.
Regular heart health screenings are also generally recommended if you have high blood pressure.
This test analyses 8 key biomarkers:
HDL ('good' high density lipoproteins)
LDL ('bad' low density lipoproteins)
Non HDL cholesterol
Inflammation (C-Rreative Protein)
Yes you should fast at least 8 hours before taking your sample. We would recommend to take your test first thing in the morning before your first meal.
If you do not fast before taking this test, the reference ranges provided may not be accurate and this can mean that you receive the incorrect advice.
Rules for fasting:
Try to take your sample in the morning
Stay hydrated by drinking only clear water (no diluted squash drinks)
Fast for at least 8 hours before taking your sample
Discuss with your GP if fasting could affect your medication routine
If you feel unwell due to fasting, eat and try taking the test another day
High levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease because it can lead to fatty deposits which build up in the walls of your arteries. These can gradually grow and make it increasingly difficult for blood to flow through your blood vessels, putting increased pressure on your heart.
High levels of triglycerides may contribute to arteriosclerosis, which is the hardening or thivckining of the artery wall.
High cholesterol can be caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices, but can also be genetic. Quite often it is possible to reduce cholesterol levels with healthier lifestyle choices, but there are simple and effective medications, such as statins, available too.
Having diabetes means that there are often high levels of glucose in your blood which can damage blood vessels. It can also cause damage to your nerves which control your heart.
People with diabetes are also more likely to have other conditions that can raise the risk of heart disease, such as hypertension, or high blood pressure. This can cause damage to your artery walls as the blood is pushed through with such increased force.
People with diabetes are two to four times as likely to develop cardiovascular disease.
C-reactive protein (or CRP) is a protein your body naturally makes when something is becoming inflammed.
A raised CRP level may relate to inflamed arteries but can also be caused by an infection or illness so it is important to look at this in combination with your other test results.
There are recent studies evidencing that people with elevated levels of C-reactive protein had a three times greater risk of having a heart attack.
Free two-way shipping is included
Standard DPD delivery to you is included in the price and your kit also includes a Royal Mail 1st Class Tracked label for you to send your sample back.
All orders received by 2pm are shipped the same day. Orders received after 2pm on a Friday will be shipped the next working day.
A kit containing everything you need is sent to an address of your choice.
You can then take a simple finger prick sample, using the lancets provided and collect the drops into the tube. You then register it on-line and post it off to the laboratory using the Royal Mail 1st Class Tracked envelope that is included with your kit.
Your full report, showing your results and how they compare with the normal reference ranges, are reported back to you by email. You will receive your result the day after the lab receives your sample.
All test results are reviewed by the in-house GPs who highlight any areas of concern of that might need further investigation and follow up with a doctor.
Yes, your healthcare provider will recognise your clinically-valid results.
This test is not intended for diagnosis of heart disease, but can help to determine if your risk if higher. If your result is high, it is important to share these results with your doctor who will consider them in conjunction with your full medical and family history. Your doctor may also request further follow on tests after you share your results.
Early diagnosis is key to managing any health condition and means an increased range of treatment options, improved long-term health and improved quality of life.
Your results link will be sent to you via email, so you can log in to your secure account and view your results.
Your results include your levels and where they sit against 'normal levels'. There is also a visual interpretation as a colour coded graph so they are easy for you to understand.
Your blood sample will be processed in the laboratory within 24 hours of receipt on all working days. You will receive an email with a secure link through to your account and your results as soon as they are availlable.
It is very important you scan your unique QR code when you open your kit, as this is what links your sample and your result to you. Without this we won't be able to send you your result.
Yes, your samples are processed in the same laboratories that are used by hospitals and primary care providers. All of our partner labs are UKAS and ISO accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation.
Your BioSURE Self Test kit contains -
Instructions for Use
Alcohol wipe x 2
Lancet x 4
Collection tube label(s)
Pre-paid return packaging
We advise collecting your fingerprick blood sample in the morning, especially for tests that require fasting. Return on the same day in the pre-paid packaging that is supplied with your kit.
We also advise not collecting or returning your sample on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, so the lab receives it in the best possible condition.