CRP testing

Hs-CRP Help For Predicting Heart Disease 

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CRP may be used to screen apparently healthy people for coronary heart disease (CHD) and/or cardiovascular disease conditions.
However, in these cases, the more sensitive test hs-CRP will be ordered.

Inflammation (Swelling) Of The Arteries Is A Risk Factor For Cardiovascular Disease.

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Is Hs-CRP Specific For Predicting Heart Disease?
A special type of CRP test, the high-sensitivity CRP test (hs-CRP), may be done to find out if you have an increased chance of having a sudden heart problem, such as a heart attack. Inflammation can damage the inner lining of the arteries and make having a heart attack more likely. However, the connection between high CRP levels and heart attack risk is not very well-understood.
What’s The Role Of Hs-CRP In Predicting New Cardiovascular Events?
Scientific studies have found that the higher the hs-CRP levels, the higher the risk of having a heart attack. In fact, the risk for heart attack in people in the upper third of hs-CRP levels has been determined to be twice that of those whose hs-CRP level is in the lower third. These prospective studies include men, women and the elderly. Studies have also found an association between sudden cardiac death, peripheral arterial disease and hs-CRP. However not all of the established cardiovascular risk factors were controlled for when the association was examined. The true independent association between hs-CRP and new cardiovascular events hasn’t yet been established.
How is Hs-CRP Measured?
CRP is measured with a simple blood test, which can be done at the same time your cholesterol is checked. One such test is the highly-sensitivity C-reactive protein (HS-CRP, also called ultra-sensitive CRP or US-CRP) test.
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