Homocysteine Blood Test

£149.00

This blood test measures your levels of homocysteine which at high levels can increase your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. This test is also for those looking to monitor their levels after already having had a heart attack or stroke.

For this test, you will be required to visit The Doctors Laboratory in London to collect your sample as the sample is not suitable for posting. Learn more.

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Homocysteine

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Homocysteine is an amino acid used by the body to make protein and to build and maintain tissue. Homocysteine is a product of methionine metabolism and in healthy cells, is quickly converted to other products.
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How to prepare for your test

Prepare for your Homocysteine Blood Test by following these instructions. Do not eat or drink anything other than water for 12 hours prior to your test. If you take medication then you are allowed to take it as you would normally.

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FAQs

What can high homocysteine levels mean?

As vitamins B6, B12, and folate are required to break down homocysteine in the body, increased homocysteine levels may be a sign of deficiency in these vitamins. Although a raised homocysteine is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, it is not known whether it is causative or a result of the condition.

How can I lower my homocysteine levels?

You can lower your homocysteine levels through increased vitamin B12 and folic acid intake. Always consult your doctor before making significant changes to your diet.

What is homocysteine?

Homocysteine is an amino acid used by the body to make protein and build and maintain tissue. Excessive homocysteine levels in the blood may increase the risk of stroke, certain types of heart disease, and disease of the blood vessels of the arms, legs and feet (peripheral artery disease).

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