August 15, 2011

Homocysteine is a naturally produced chemical in the body which may accumulate in the blood as a result of genetic abnormalities in certain enzymes or due to deficiencies in the vitamin folic acid. Data show a link between elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood and the risk of abnormal clotting (thrombosis), as well as coronary artery disease. It appears that dietary supplementation with folic acid can lower the level of this chemical; however, trials are needed to show whether this is effective in reducing the risk of coronary events.

SEE ALSO: Acute myocardial infarction, Cardiovascular disease, Cholesterol, Diabetes, Exercise, Hormone replacement therapy, Hypertension, Nutrition, Smoking

Category: Coronary Risk Factor