Serum Homocysteine Levels in Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction in Jordan

Akram Saleh, Nabil Basher

Abstract


Objective: To examine the homocysteine level in Jordanian patients with acute myocardial infarction.

Methods: Plasma fasting homocysteine levels were measured in 90 patients with acute myocardial infarction and compared to 90 age-, sex-, and smoking habit matched control subjects free of clinical coronary disease.

Results: Homocysteine (mmol/l) levels were significantly higher in patients compared to controls (18.5±7.8 v 12.0±8.4; p=0.002).

Conclusion: The result of this study indicates that homocyteine level is high in patients with acute myocardial infarction and it may be a risk factor for coronary heart disease in Jordanian population. Public health education about homocysteine and its reduction by increasing supplements of folate and vitamin B may reduce the incidence of coronary artery disease in Jordanian population.

Keywords


Homocyteine, Atherosclerosis, Acute Myocardial Infarction, Coronary Heart Disease

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