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Heart Disease & Stroke Risk Indicator: Homocysteine

Why is this test important? Extensive research has shown that too much homocysteine, which is an amino acid, found in your bloodstream can increase your risk of cardiovascular-related issues, like heart disease and stroke. Additionally, high levels of homocysteine can damage the artery lining, which can cause cholesterol changes that lead to blockages. Twenty percent of those with heart disease have high levels of homocysteine.

Homocysteine levels are determined by both diet and genetics. Folic acid, B6 and B12 vitamins have been proven to dissolve homocysteine. Lab testing for homocysteine can help assess this risk. If you have a family history of heart disease, homocysteine testing should be considered - especially if you don't have any other symptoms like high cholesterol and blood pressure. Elevated homocysteine levels have also been linked to an increase risk of bone fractures in older populations.

What does the test include? The Heart Disease & Stroke Risk Indicator: Homocysteine test involves a blood draw by a qualified lab technician. The test includes:

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Our Price: $80.00

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