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About Our C-Reactive Protein (CRP), High Sensitivity Test
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
The C-Reactive Protein (CRP), High Sensitivity, Test is a general cardiac risk assessment. The correlation between c-reactive protein levels and heart health provides insight into an individual's stroke and heart attack risk despite normal or average cholesterol levels. This high sensitivity test is often ordered to assess heart attack and/or stroke risks in individuals.
This blood test measures levels of sensitive proteins that are made in the liver called C-Reactive Proteins (CRP). CRPs assess the risk of cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease because these proteins increase with inflammation.
CRP tests are also used as indicators for a wide range of disease processes alongside a complete clinical history. The CRP test may also be ordered after surgery to check for signs of post-surgical infection or to monitor inflammatory diseases, like inflammatory bowel disease, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
Tissue injuries, infections and inflammation can cause elevated CRP levels.