Most frequent questions by customers
If you’re wondering how to test for heart disease risk or how to check heart health at home, the FLIMS Heart Health Test can be a great place to start—but be sure you share your results with your healthcare provider to better understand your specific risk for developing heart disease.
Consider taking this test if you...
- Take cholesterol medication
- Have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease
- Have a personal or family history of Type 2 Diabetes
- Are overweight
- Drink alcohol frequently
- Don't exercise
When it comes to heart health, it’s important to check triglyceride and cholesterol levels (the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guidelines recommend cholesterol screening in healthy adults ages 20 and older every 4-6 years), and testing HbA1c and hs-CRP levels can provide more information about your heart’s health. This test allows you to check several different key indicators of risk for heart disease—all from the convenience of home.
FLIMS can provide suggestions to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle with our heart health home lab testing. As always, we encourage you to share your results with your doctor, who can provide more specific guidance on lifestyle changes.
Understanding Heart Disease Risk: Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Blood Sugar, and Inflammation
Heart disease (also known as cardiovascular disease), including coronary artery disease, heart attack, and congestive heart failure, is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. Cardiovascular disease is preventable for many people, and understanding the different risk factors is the first step in maintaining a healthy heart muscle. Heart screening via measurements of cholesterol and other markers can help shed light on one's risk factors.
High LDL cholesterol and triglycerides have been linked to a number of diseases, such as coronary heart disease (including heart attack), stroke, peripheral artery disease and atherosclerosis, high blood pressure (hypertension), and type II diabetes. Because LDL cholesterol can trigger the formation of plaque and damage the heart's arteries (or coronary arteries), controlling your blood cholesterol levels can be key to reducing your risk for these disorders.
Not only do we measure your Lipids (Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides), but we also measure other important markers for cardiovascular disease.
hs-CRP - Elevated CRP levels can indicate chronic low-grade inflammation which may be correlated with an increased risk for coronary heart disease.
HbA1c - HbA1c levels are considered to be a good measure of your 90-day glucose levels and do not vary as much day-to-day as your standard glucose marker. HbA1c measurements are not a substitute for measuring daily glucose if your doctor has prescribed that you do so. High HbA1c levels are widely considered to be indicative that you either have, or have an elevated risk for developing, type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a significant risk factor for heart disease.
Is this a heart test?
The Everlywell Heart Health Test is not a heart scan or some other kind of heart test; instead, this at-home test can help identify or monitor certain risk factors associated with heart disease, such as elevated LDL cholesterol levels.
(Heart tests typically refer to specific forms of cardiac testing a cardiologist or other specialist might carry out in certain clinical contexts. Examples include echocardiograms, CT scans, and exercise stress tests—which may help a healthcare professional better understand someone's abnormal heart rhythm and heart rate.)
HCAC Certified Labs
Each lab we work with is HCAC-certified (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments). This means they have to meet high standards to obtain both state and federal certifications and submit themselves to regular inspections.
FLIMS tests are reviewed and approved by an independent board-certified physician within your state.
FLIMS is HIPAA compliant and takes your privacy very seriously. We use state-of-the-art, bank-grade encryption to ensure your data is stored securely, and under no circumstance do we ever sell your data
Easy to Understand
Gain meaningful insights about your health with easy-to-understand test results. We also provide you with additional resources and helpful tips along the way.
View a personalized report of each marker tested as well as detailed information about what your results mean for you.
Take action on your health and wellness. Use your report to help guide your next steps. Attend a live webinar led by a healthcare professional to learn more about your results and get your questions answered.
How It Works
We collect your sample at home
This test measures your total cholesterol, HDL, calculated LDL, triglycerides, hs-CRP, and HbA1c levels
Your test results will show you whether you maintain optimal levels of total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides. Not only does this panel measure your cholesterol and lipids, it also includes other important biomarkers for evaluating heart disease and diabetes risk. Knowing and taking steps to optimize your cholesterol and lipids, A1C and hs-CRP levels can help reduce your risk for these conditions.
Do you have certain risk factors for heart disease, such as increased body fat, weight changes, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, or personal or family history of heart disease?
High LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides have been linked to an increased risk for a number of diseases, including heart disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease and atherosclerosis, high blood pressure (hypertension), and type 2 diabetes.
- Elevated Cholesterol
- Elevated Blood Sugar
- Elevated Blood Pressure
- Increased body fat
- Changes in weight
- Personal History of Heart Disease or Diabetes
- Family History of Heart Disease or Diabetes
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Kidney disease
- Detailed directions to guide you
- All materials for sample collection and sample analysis
- Pre-paid shipping both ways
- Help along the way if you need it
- Digital and printable results
- Group webinar with a healthcare professional