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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About C-Reactive Protein
Warning Signs for C-Reactive Protein
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.
*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.