Why is MTHFR Genotyping Important?
MTHFR genes may suffer from certain genetic mutations which
results in the production of an enzyme with reduced activity. Reduced activity
can create elevated levels of homocysteine which is known as
hyperhomocysteinemia. High homocysteine can be harmful because it may double
the risk of developing illness or complications. This test can uncover the
potential causes of elevated homocysteine levels which will better allow us to
develop a plan of action to correct the issue.
Dangers Associated with High Homocysteine:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Cerebral Vascular Disease (Stroke)
- Arterial and Venous Thrombosis
- Methotrexate Toxicity in Chemotherapy
Who should be tested?
Specimen Type: Blood
- Individuals with high levels of homocysteine
- Those with cardiovascular disease, stroke, or thrombosis in family
- Anyone that may qualify for methotrexate therapy.