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How is homocysteine related to heart disease?

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High levels are linked to early heart disease, but doctors aren't sure why. They’re also not certain if your chance of having heart and blood vessel disease goes up when your homocysteine level is high, or that taking vitamins to lower the level also lowers your risk. There appears to be a relationship between high levels of homocysteine and artery damage. That can lead to hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and blood clots.

From: Heart Disease and Homocysteine WebMD Medical Reference

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American Heart Association. 

Wald, D. , November 2002. British Medical Journal

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 05, 2018

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American Heart Association. 

Wald, D. , November 2002. British Medical Journal

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 05, 2018

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