What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- Going through Reference menopause Opens New Window.
- Having Reference high blood pressure Opens New Window (hypertension).
- Smoking or other tobacco use.
- Having a family history of high homocysteine levels.
- Drinking more than 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day over many years.
- Taking medicines, such as anticonvulsants, antibiotics, and birth control pills.
- Having kidney disease, certain forms of Reference leukemia Opens New Window, or Reference psoriasis Opens New Window.
- Having a rare family (inherited) disease that causes the lack of an Reference enzyme Opens New Window needed to prevent the build up of homocysteine in the blood (homocystinuria).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 27, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference George Philippides, MD - Cardiology