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C-reactive protein (CRP) is a protein that rises in the blood with infection and inflammation as well as following a surgery, heart attack or trauma.
Several studies demonstrated that a constant low inflammation level plays a significant role in a disease called atherosclerosis, the tapering of blood vessels because of cholesterol and other lipids build-up, which is generally related to cardiovascular disease (CVD). The Hs CRP test precisely determines the low levels of CRM to find out low but constant inflammation levels and thereby helps in predicting an individual’s risk of developing CVD.
Two different tests measure CRP and each one determines a different CRP level range in the blood for different purposes:
When to order the Hs CRP test?
Presently, there is no consent on when to order the test, although some guidelines include suggestions on Hs CRP testing. For instance, a guideline from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology Foundations says that Hs CRP testing may be helpful when women 60 years old or younger or men 50 years old or younger have an intermediate risk. When Hs CRM is evaluated, it may be done again to confirm that an individual has persistent low inflammation levels.
Interpreting the Hs CRP test results
Relatively high levels of Hs CRP in an otherwise healthy person is a foretelling of an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, and sudden cardiac death in the future. People with higher Hs CRP values have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease. People with lower values have less risk. To be specific, people with Hs CRP results at the high end of the standard range have 1.5 to 4 times the change of having a heart attack as people with Hs CRP values at the low end of the standard range.
Alternate Name: CRP, C-Reactive Protein Highly Sensitive
Test Instructions : Please do not exercise prior to testing. It is best that your blood is taken in a rested state.
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