LetsGetChecked - High-Sensitivity CRP Blood Spot Test Kit
The LetsGetChecked - High-Sensitivity CRP Blood Spot Test Kit includes High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP). Get 25% off today with our exclusive discount code WALKINLAB.
High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP)
C-reactive Protein (CRP) is a plasma protein produced by your liver and is a marker of inflammation in your body. This test is a high sensitivity CRP test, also known as hs-CRP. It can detect lower levels of the protein than the standard CRP test and is often used to assess your risk of heart disease.
C-reactive protein (CRP), which is made by the liver, is one of the most sensitive markers of inflammation. A high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) test is more sensitive than a standard CRP test and can detect slight increases of CRP levels.
Cholesterol build-up is associated with low-grade inflammation which can be detected with this test. This test helps determine your risk of cardiovascular disease or coronary artery disease, as well as the risk of a second heart attack. Those with a high level of hs-CRP who have had a heart attack are more likely to have another event than those with a normal level.
Risk factors for heart disease can include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels
- Increased age
- Family history of heart disease
- Lifestyle factors such as diet, physical activity levels, alcohol consumption and smoking
CRP levels may be elevated for many reasons. These can include infection, recent surgery, or an inflammatory condition. Strenuous exercise, certain medication such as statins, NSAIDs, and hormone replacement therapy can impact your CRP levels. This test is not suitable if you have a condition associated with chronic inflammation or elevated CRP levels such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease.
The CDC and the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend for elevated results, that the test is repeated after a two week period.
You should take the test if:
- You are interested in learning about your risk of heart disease
- You have risk factors for heart disease and want to learn more
- You have taken a cholesterol test and want to learn more about your risk of heart disease
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