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Why This Test?

High levels of homocysteine in the blood may promote plaque buildup in the blood vessels that can lead to serious cardiovascular problems, risk of atherosclerosis and subsequent coronary artery disease, (CAD).

What Raises the Levels of Homocysteine?

  • Family history, age and gender
  • Some medications
  • Chronic kidney disease

Recommended For:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Vitamin B12 /folic acid deficiency

Test Prep: Fasting 12 Hours a Must!

Clinical Significance

An elevated concentration of homocysteine is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. When used in conjunction with methylmalonic acid (MMA), these tests are useful to diagnose and monitor vitamin B12 (cobalamin) and folic acid deficiency and are often useful in evaluating macrocytosis (an elevated MCV, an erythrocytic index).

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