Homocysteine Test

This test measures the homocysteine level in your blood.

This test measures the homocysteine level in your blood.

This test measures the homocysteine level in your blood. Your healthcare provider may recommend this test to determine if:

  • You have a folate or vitamin B12-deficiency, but other more standard tests are usually ordered first
  • In certain situations when you are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke
  • A newborn has a rare inherited disorder called homocystinuria

In an adult, the blood sample is taken by placing a needle in a vein in the arm. In a newborn, the sample is taken by pricking the baby's heel.

  • You will usually need to fast for up to ten hours before the test.
  • Ask your healthcare provider if you need to stop taking any medicines before the test. Do not stop taking any medicine unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so.

This care path's costs do not include the charge to draw blood from a vein (venipuncture). There will only be one charge to draw blood, even if multiple tests are being performed on the samples that are taken.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is the reason for the test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Homocysteine Test
B-12 Test
B12 Shot
B12 Injection
Pernicious Anemia
Vitamin B12 Blood Test
Blood Test for Vitamin B12
Level of Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 Shot
Vitamin B-12
Vitamin B12 Injection
Heart Problem
Heart Disease
Heart Artery Disease
Coronary Heart Disease
Coronary Artery Disease - Heart Disease

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