C-reactive protein (CRP) is used in the evaluation of inflammatory disorders and infections. A positive test indicates the presence of inflammation but not the cause of the inflammation. CRP is a protein produced by the liver that increases in the blood in response to inflammation, infection, and following a heart attack or trauma. CRP levels are strong predictors of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks, stroke, sudden cardiac death and peripheral arterial disease.
Hs-CRP can be used in combination with a lipid panel and other cardiovascular markers to provide information on cardiovascular disease risk.
Alternative Name(s): Highly Sensitive CRP; CRP, High Sensitivity; C-Reactive Protein, Cardio, hs-CRP.
Limitations: Oral contraceptives, IUD's, pregnancy, and menstruation can increase hs-CRP. Levels are lowest during ovulation.
Water: Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.
Medications: Take all medications as prescribed.
Special considerations: Be healthy at the time of sample collection without any recent illnesses, infections, or injuries.
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Result turnaround times are estimates and not guaranteed. Due to factors outside of our control, such as weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing or equipment maintenance, our lab may require additional time to complete tests.
C-reactive protein test (Mayo Clinic)
What does it mean if you have high C-reactive protein? (Medical News Today)