C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Blood Test, High Sensitivity, Cardiac Risk Assessment
The high-sensitivity CRP test measures low levels of CRP in the blood. The measurement is used to identify low levels of inflammation associated with the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).
The CRP Blood Test, High Sensitivity, Cardiac Risk Assessment test uncovers lower levels of CRP, a protein that is released into the blood, than the standard CRP test. This test might also be used to evaluate a person's risk for cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that measuring CRP with a highly sensitive assay can help in exposing the risk level for CVD in healthy people. Normal or mildly elevated amounts of CRP in healthy individuals can help in predicting the future risk of stroke, peripheral arterial disease, sudden cardiac death, heart attack, and even to the point of when cholesterol levels are within the acceptable range. This test could be ordered along with the Lipid Panel to determine risks for heart disease.
CRP is a marker of inflammation which can affect many organs. Studies have directed their focus on heart disease, but as research develops it is showing that having high CRP levels may also be associated with conditions such as complications of diabetes, obesity, and colon cancer.
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