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

C-Reactive Protein Test (CRP Test)

High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-CRP) Test is a simple finger-stick blood test to detect the level of C-reactive protein in the blood, which is a marker for inflammation in the body. Inflammation in the body can indicate atherosclerosis is present, because arteries that are clogged with plaque are actually injured arteries, and cause the body to release C-Reactive protein.

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About C-Reactive Protein

C-Reactive protein, a by-product of inflammation in the body, has been linked by many studies to heart disease. When plaque forms in the arteries, it does not simply form there, it causes injury to the arteries, generating an inflammatory response, causing the body to release C-Reactive protein into the blood. Along with cholesterol levels, blood pressure, glucose levels, and other screening tests, CRP data provides a more complete analysis of a person’s overall risk for cardiovascular disease.

High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Screening Details

High Sensitivity c-reactive protein test (with a finger-stick blood test) can help indicate inflammation 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. The high-sensitivity c-reactive protein screening is an advanced level of analysis; detecting even small changes in the c-reactive protein levels in the blood. This is important when evaluating a person’s overall risk for developing cardiovascular disease. CRP levels are measured in mg/L, which means milligrams per liter of blood. CRP below 1 mg/L is classified as low risk, 1-3.09 mg/L is moderate risk, and CRP above 3.1 mg/L is generally considered to put a person at higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease. In most instances, your HS-CRP analysis will be sent with the rest of your results, which will arrive in the mail within 21 days of your CRP test. Always share your c-reactive protein (crp) test results with your personal physician, who will work with you to bring your CRP levels down if needed.

Warning Signs for C-Reactive Protein

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

Risk Factors for C-Reactive Protein

There are no risk factors for C-Reactive protein; this c-reactive protein (crp) test helps to evaluate a person’s overall risk for cardiovascular disease. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease include diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity (BMI 30+), smoking (past or present), and a family history of stroke or heart disease.

Who is the C-Reactive Protein test for?

High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Screening (also known as a CRP test) is for adults age 50+ who have any of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity (BMI 30+), smoking (past or present), and a family history of stroke or heart disease.

Ages

All adults age 50+, and adults age 40+ who have any of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease should get a CRP test annually.

Frequency

People at risk for cardiovascular disease should have a C-Reactive protein test annually.

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FAQ

  • 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. Doctors have used c-reactive protein (CRP) tests for years to monitor their patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other conditions that involve the body’s immune system.*
  • What does a C-Reactive protein test 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 test used by Life Line Screening is very sensitive, which is important because even minor differences in CRP levels can be detected.

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* C-Reactive Protein Test to screen for heart disease, Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, March 21, 2017, https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/c-reactive-protein-test-to-screen-for-heart-disease