Patient Comments: Homocysteine - Testing


Please describe the decision to test you or someone you know for blood homocysteine levels. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Bam1963, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

I was tested for blood homocysteine levels because of a vein occlusion in my eye shortly after I had a heart attack, I believe my level was 47. My oncologist was stumped because I had no other contributing factors, I was referred to a specialist for a diagnosis which they told me they don't do. So now I'm freaked out because my doctor seems concerned because of the high level and they are looking for somewhere else to send me and I have heard nothing from anyone for over a month now. What am I to think!

Comment from: Richie mc, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 14

The senior vascular nurse tested me on a hunch due to the severity of atherosclerosis I was affected by and I didn't meet any of the criteria to explain this. I was in a room at the vascular clinic waiting while she went for the results and I could hear her shouting that she had one, to the other doctors. It was her first positive test in 20 years. Doctors were waiting outside the door hoping for permission to see me (the first positive they had seen); felt like a lab-rat.

Comment from: Fran, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I was tested for blood homocysteine levels, still waiting, because my B12 levels and iron are always low. It was suggested by the lab to test further.

Comment from: kaybo24, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I have low homocysteine level. Doctor prescribed folic acid. I had deep vein thrombosis 3 times, 2 of which were while on Coumadin; I am now on Xarelto.


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