What is a CRP test?
A C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Test is a blood test that measure the level of CRP in the body. Inflammation of the arteries is a risk factor for heart disease, and CRP is produced when there is inflammation in the body. CRP has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and poor circulation (peripheral vascular disease).The CRP Test is part of our Essential Plus Screening Panel.
Why should I get tested?
If you have a high risk for heart disease you should consider a CRP Test along with a standard Lipid Panel. People considered high risk have one or more of the following risk factors including a previous heart attack or stroke, family history of heart disease, elevated cholesterol levels, being male, cigarette smoking, uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure, lack of physical activity, or obesity.How should I prepare for the test?
Avoid liquids except for water for 8-12 hours prior to getting a CRP Test.
A CRP Test may also help identify infections and diseases that cause inflammation including cancer of the lymph nodes (lymphoma), diseases of the immune system (such as lupus), painful swelling of the tissues that line the joints (rheumatoid arthritis), swelling and bleeding of the intestines (inflammatory bowel disease), or infection of a bone (osteomyelitis).
What could my screening results mean?
An Increased level of CRP may indicate you have an increased chance of having a sudden heart problem, such as a heart attack. However, many conditions can change your CRP level.
If your CRP Test indicates abnormalities, you should consult your healthcare provider for further analysis. When speaking with your healthcare provider, you should also tell your them about medications you are taking such as hormone replacement therapy, birth control, aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), corticosteroids, or certain medications to lower cholesterol as they may have interfered with your test results.