Your homocysteine score predicts your risk of more than 100 diseases and medical conditions and is a very strong predictor of your risk of cardiovascular disease but as homocysteine levels are dependant on a supply of particular nutrients it is very easy to fix.
Recent findings suggest that laboratory testing for plasma homocysteine levels can improve the assessment of risk for cardiovascular disease. This may be particularly important in patients with a personal or family history of cardiovascular disease, but in whom the well-established risk factors (smoking, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure) do not exist.
Conditions associated with elevated levels of Homocysteine:
- Cognitive decline
- Coronary artery disease
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Intermittent claudication
- Multiple sclerosis
- Myocardial infarction
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
What causes elevated homocysteine levels?
Nutrient deficiencies including Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 and Folic acid.
Lifestyle choices including high cigarette, alcohol or coffee intake
Genetic factors can predispose some individuals to increased homocysteine levels
Certain prescription drugs can elevate levels of homocysteine.
Age range this test is suitable for
Suitable for ages 18 +. Not suitable for children below 18 years old.
What is being measured
Blood test that requires a blood sample.
You will need to arrange for a blood sample to be collected by a nurse at your G.P. service or at a private clinic or hospital. Any fee for this service is not included in with the test fee.
You will need to send your sample back to the lab via a next day postal service – If you are in the UK, Royal mail offer a suitable next day service. If you are outside of the UK then please check with your postal service for options. The cost of the test does not cover the return postage.
Please note that samples should only be posted on Monday – Thursday so that they do not arrive over the weekend when the lab is closed.
A courier returns option is offered by the lab and details will be included in with your test kit. This is an optional service and the cost is not included in with the test fee. Details about payment, should you wish to take up this offer, are included with the courier details.
Before taking the test
No special requirements
All sample reports are for representational and educational purposes only. Biomarkers, references ranges, results, and all other data may differ from actual reports. All data included in no way represents an actual patient. Any comparisons of results to actual patients, is completely incidental.