What is the homocysteine test?
The homocysteine test helps to detect vitamin deficiencies, heart disease, and rare inherited disorders by measuring the amount of homocysteine in your blood. Your doctor may ask you to go for this test for these reasons,
- To detect vitamin B12, B6 and folic acid deficiencies
- To detect homocystinuria
- To monitor people who are at high risk of heart attack and stroke
When to get tested?
If you are having symptoms of folic acid and vitamin B deficiencies, including
- Pale skin
- Tingling sensation in the hand and feet
- Painful tongue and mouth
You also need this test if you have heart disease, and family history of heart disease.
A small amount of blood will be drawn through a vein in your arm. The homocysteine test price is economical.
You might be required to fast (no drink and food) for about 8 to 12 hours before going for the test. The homocysteine test cost is affordable.
The factors which may affect your test results are:
- Drinking alcohol
- Vitamin B supplements
An elevated homocysteine level indicates high risk of heart disease, vitamins deficiencies, and homocystinuria. However, do consult with your doctor for a better understanding of your test results. You can now book a homocysteine test online as well.