Assessment of homocysteine as a cardiovascular risk factor in clinical practice.
Elevated plasma total homocysteine concentrations are a marker of vitamin deficiency and a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is possible that vitamin supplementation with folic acid and other B vitamins, which lower plasma homocysteine concentrations, may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Large-scale clinical trials are currently underway to assess the homocysteine hypothesis of cardiovascular disease. Pending the outcome of such trials, measurement of plasma homocysteine co...Expand abstract
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