C-Reactive Protein
Share on whatsapp
Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest

What is C-reactive protein?

C Reactive Protein – (CRP) is a substance produced by the liver in response to inflammation.

Other names for CRP are high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and ultra-sensitive C-reactive protein (us-CRP).

A high level of CRP in the blood is a marker of inflammation. It can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, from infection to cancer.

High CRP levels can also indicate that there’s inflammation in the arteries of the heart, which can mean a higher risk of a heart attack. However, the CRP test is an extremely nonspecific test, and CRP levels can be elevated in any inflammatory condition.

What is C-reactive protein? Click To Tweet

C Reactive Protein Test

CRP Test

Doctors may refer to this test in conjunction with other tests to assess a person’s risk of heart disease or stroke. There is also new research that suggests CRP may be used as a predictor in health outcomes related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). High cholesterol is a more commonly cited risk factor. hs-CRP may play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. Doctors may also order a CRP test to diagnose inflammatory autoimmune diseases, including:

Introduction to the Pathology Laboratory

C Reactive Protein And Heart Disease

Elevated levels of CRP may have an important role in identifying those who might need closer follow-up or more intensive treatment after heart attacks or heart procedures.

CRP levels may also be useful in uncovering those at risk of heart disease where cholesterol levels alone may not be helpful.

Doctors consider these conditions significant risk factors for developing heart disease:

A family history of heart disease also puts you at a higher risk of heart disease.

C Reactive Protein Normal Range

C-reactive protein is measured in milligrams of CRP per litre of blood (mg/L). In general, a low C-reactive protein level is better than a high one, because it indicates less inflammation in the body.

  • A reading of less than 1 mg/L indicates you’re at low risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • A reading between 1 and 2.9 mg/L means you’re at intermediate risk.
  • A reading greater than 3 mg/L means you’re at high risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • A reading above 10 mg/L may signal a need for further testing to determine the cause of such significant inflammation in your body.

Note: The result varies in measuring units. Please check local laboratory measuring units.

High C-reactive protein reading may indicate:

  • a bone infection, or osteomyelitis
  • an autoimmune arthritis flare-up
  • IBD
  • tuberculosis
  • lupus, connective tissue disease, or other autoimmune diseases
  • cancer, especially lymphoma
  • pneumonia or other significant infection

C Reactive Protein Test Precautions

Learn: Insulin test

Note that CRP levels may also be elevated for those taking birth control pills. However, other markers of inflammation aren’t necessarily abnormal in these individuals.

Elevated CRP values in pregnancy may be a marker for complications, but more studies are necessary to fully understand the role of CRP and pregnancy.

If you’re pregnant or have any other chronic infection or inflammatory disease, a CRP test is unlikely to accurately assess your risk of heart disease.

Before having a CRP test, speak to your doctor about any medical conditions that may skew the test results. Since there are other blood tests that can be performed instead, you might wish to forego a CRP test altogether.

Remember that this test doesn’t provide a complete picture of your risk of cardiovascular disease. Your doctor will consider your lifestyle risk factors, other medical conditions, and family history when determining which follow-up tests are best for you.

They may also order one of the following tests:

healthcare nt sickcare

Get Us IN +919766060629

All material copyright healthcare nt sickcare. 2017 – 2020. Terms and conditions & Privacy Policy of use. The contents herein are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Source: This article inspired from various online articles and our own offline experiences. The content meant for public awareness and regular post to the clientele of healthcare nt sickcare.

Know How We Give-Back

Create My Account

Shop With Us

Offer Of The Month

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Get updates and learn from the best
how to choose face mask
Preventive Health

How To Choose Face Mask?

How To Choose Face Mask? Face masks are an important preventive measure against COVID-19. N-95

CoronaVirus Pune
Health And Wellness

CoronaVirus Pune

Coronavirus Pune, In order to successfully curb the coronavirus from spreading further in Pune, it is

Nutrition Tips For Pregnancy
Preventive Health

Nutrition Tips For Pregnancy

Nutrition Tips For Pregnancy Description: If like many pregnant women, you worry about your weight

Do You Want To Know Our Business?

Good Pathology Labs in Pune

you're currently offline but continue browsing

Invite & Earn

Signup to start sharing your link
Scroll to Top
refer and earn 25% discount on lab test in pune

Share & Earn

  • Copy & Share Your Referral Link Displayed Below
  • Your Referred User's Can Register via Your Shared Link
  • Get 25% Coupon In Your Dashboard On Your Referral Order Completion
  • Your Referred Users Will Also Get 10% On Signup

Copy & Share Your Referral Link Now

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
× Chat