Serum Homocysteine Test
Homocysteine test is offered by AreYouHealthy at a low cost. For booking, you can call us on +917289876363 or fill-up the on page form given on the site. Once we get your application form, our agent will call you to confirm the available slot for an appointment. You can pay online or at the time of sample collection. The test results will send it to your registered email id in 24-72 hours. For hard copies of your test results, Rs 75 will be charged extra in the final payment.
What Is Homocysteine Test?
Homocysteine test is performed to determine the amount of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine is an amino acid used by the body to make proteins. Usually, homocysteine is broken down by vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folic acid converted into various substances which are used by the body. High level of homocysteine indicates heart diseases, peripheral vascular disease, hardening of the arteries, inherited disorder and vitamin deficiency.
What Is Homocysteine Test Used For?
- It is used to monitor people with heart diseases.
- Determine deficiency in folic acid, Vitamin B6 and B12.
- Help diagnose Homocystinuria.
Symptoms of Vitamin B and Folic Acid Deficiency
- Pale skin
- Sore tongue and mouth
- Tingling in the legs, hands, arms, etc.
People may also need this test when they are at high risk for heart diseases. An increased level in homocysteine can build up in the arteries, which can lead to blood clotting, stroke, and heart attack. Fasting for 8-12 hours is compulsory for homocysteine test.
Homocysteine Test Result Indicates
- Higher risk of heart diseases such as heart attack and stroke.
- Deficiency of vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid.
Factors That Can Affect The Results Are:
- Alcohol use
- Use of vitamin supplements.
Homocysteine level in women is lower as compared to men. Due to the decrease in estrogen production, concentration in women increases after menopause. When a person smokes, use drugs such as methotrexate, phenytoin, carbamazepine the level of homocysteine increases.