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.
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 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 hs-CRP test. Always share your high sensitivity c-reactive protein (crp) test results with your personal physician, who will work with you to bring your CRP levels down if needed.