homocysteine test

homocysteine (HCY) test

a blood test used to detect levels of homocysteine, which, if increased, may act as an independent risk factor for ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral arterial disease, and venous thrombosis. This test should be considered for screening in individuals with progressive and unexplained atherosclerosis despite normal lipoproteins and in the absence of other risk factors and in those with an unusual family history of atherosclerosis.

ho·mo·cys·te·ine test

(hōmō-sistē-ēn test)
A controversial screening modality for patients at high risk for heart attack or stroke.
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Astonishingly, the Federal Circuit also held that physicians (or researchers) would infringe the patent merely by thinking about the relation between homocysteine and vitamin deficiency when they analyzed an alternative homocysteine test.
375 million, releasing DPC's customers of any obligation to pay royalties to CTT for homocysteine test results obtained using DPC assays in the past.
The homocysteine test, CPT 83090, has been used in our office for the last five years.
YorkTest's homocysteine test, pounds 75 - backed by the British Cardiac Patients' Association - involves sending a pinprick blood sample to a lab.
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Randy Burkholder, associate vice president of policy and advocacy communications at AdvaMed, cites the automated homocysteine test, which has been a victim of "flawed"--meaning woefully inadequate--reimbursement.
The Anglo-Norwegian in vitro diagnostics company Axis-Shield Plc said on Friday (29 April) that it had reached an out-of-court settlement with the US company Competitive Technologies Inc regarding the latter's US patent that governs usage of homocysteine test results in the determination of patient vitamin status.
The three choices open are to ask the GP's practice whether they can get a homocysteine test on the NHS, ask their GP to refer them for a private test (about pounds 20-pounds 50), or they can buy a kit and test themselves.
The variance of the reported homocysteine test results is composed of the sum of variance within the laboratories and variance between laboratories.