Total plasma homocysteine levels are widely implicated in a
variety of clinical conditions and are an independent risk
factor for cardiovascular, atherothrombotic and cerebrovascular
Certain key nutrients, including Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6
and folic acid, are necessary for homocysteine metabolism;
therefore this test can also provide valuable information about
a patient's nutritional status relating to these nutrients.
1 x 10ml serum or EDTA sample (centrifuged and separated within 30 minutes) or 1 x homocysteine specific tube supplied by Genova (does not require centrifuging).