C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Test | Life Line Screening

C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Test

High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Screening (hs-CRP) is a simple finger-stick blood test to detect levels of C-reactive protein, which is a marker for inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the body can indicate atherosclerosis.


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Who is this screening for?

High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Screening is for adults age 50+ who want to proactively manage their risk for cardiovascular disease.





Risk Factors for High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein

There are no risk factors; this screening helps to evaluate risk for cardiovascular disease

High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Screening Details

High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Screening (with a finger-stick blood test) can help indicate inflammatory activity in the body, which many studies have linked to cardiovascular disease. When plaque forms in the arteries, it does not simply form there, it injures the arteries, causing inflammation and higher levels of C-Reactive Protein in the blood.

About C-Reactive Protein

C-Reactive Protein, a by-product of inflammation in the body, has been linked by studies to heart disease. Along with cholesterol screening and other screening tests, it can help people understand their risk for cardiovascular disease.

Warning Signs for C-Reactive Protein

There are no warning signs for C-Reactive protein; this test evaluates risk for cardiovascular disease.


  • What is C-Reactive Protein?
    C-Reactive Protein is a protein that was discovered by doctors over 70 years ago. Generated as part of the body’s immune response, CRP levels increase in the blood when there is injury or inflammation in the body.
  • What does C-Reactive protein have to do with heart disease?
    Because plaque buildup in the arteries actually causes injury to the arteries, the body responds to the inflammation by releasing CRP. Many studies, including one in the November 14, 2002 New England Journal of Medicine, concluded that CRP outperforms LDL cholesterol as a predictor of cardiovascular risk. In addition, the researchers discovered that CRP identifies a different high-risk group from LDL, so the tests complement each other to provide a better indication of risk for heart disease.*
  • What does high-sensitivity mean?
    The High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein blood screening test used by Life Line Screening is very sensitive, which is important because even minor differences in CRP levels can be detected.
*C-Reactive Protein test to screen for heart disease, Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, March 21, 2017

*Most of the time, screening results are normal, providing the customer with peace of mind. However, in some cases, such as the real life stories here, potential health issues are identified enabling the person to do something about it before it is too late.