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Homocysteine Blood Test (Cardiovascular)

At Fusion Healthcare, we know offer a homocysteine/cardiovascular blood test. The homocysteine blood test which is used as a valuable diagnostic tool in evaluating cardiovascular health. 

Homocysteine is an amino acid which is produced in the body. Elevated levels of this compound have been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. As such, monitoring homocysteine is vital in assessing one’s health and maintaining cardiovascular health.

Higher levels of homocysteine may imply a deficiency in the process of ‘methylation’ – which may affect the production of B vitamins, and ultimately lead to deficiencies of them (eg vitamin B12 and Folate). Reduction of the level of homocysteine is also desirable for optimising long term health, in particular reducing lifetime risk of heart disease, and possibly for reducing fatigue.

Homocysteine

Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid produced during the breakdown of dietary proteins. Normally, the body converts homocysteine into other substances essential for cellular function. However, when this conversion is disrupted it results in elevated levels of homocysteine, which can lead to inflammation and damage to blood vessels.

The homocysteine/cardiovascular blood test 

This blood test provides a simple and effective way to measure the amount of homocysteine circulating in the bloodstream.

What information can the test give us?

Cardiovascular risk assessment: Elevated homocysteine is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including: coronary artery disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease. This blood tests provides valuable information about a person’s individual risks

Vitamins: Levels of homocysteine are affected by certain vitamins, in particular B vitamins such as: B6, B12, and folate. Deficiencies in these vitamins can contribute to elevated homocysteine levels. This test helps identify any potential nutritional deficiencies.

Genetics: Some people may have elevated homocysteine levels as a result of genetic factors. This test helps to identify if this is the case.

When should this test be performed?

There are a number of symptoms an individual with vitamin B deficiency may experience, these include:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pale complexion
  • Tingling in feet, arms, or hands
  • Tongue/mouth soreness

If you are experiencing any of the following then the homocysteine may be able to provide answers.

Uses of the homocysteine blood test

Some of the valuable uses of this test include:

  • Identify a vitamin deficiency of B6, B12, B9/Folic acid.
  • Assess hear disease/stroke risk
  • Monitor people with heat disease to determine whether the condition is worsening

If you suspect elevated homocysteine levels, or would like more information about your cardiovascular health, then this blood test may be right for you. We also provide private ultrasound in luton.

Price: £105

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