C-Reactive Protein, hs (CRP, hs)

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C-reactive protein (CRP) is a protein that the liver produces in response to inflammation. This test can be used to evaluate your risk of developing coronary artery disease, inflammation of the arteries, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and peripheral arterial disease. CRP measures general levels of inflammation in your body, but cannot show where the inflammation is located or what is causing it.

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What is the C-reactive protein?

C-reactive protein (CRP) is something that the liver makes when there is inflammation. It can be caused by a lot of different things, like arthritis, cancer, an infection, etc. . High CRP levels can also mean that your heart’s arteries have inflammation, which can make you more likely to have a heart attack.

The CRP test is very broad, though, and does not pinpoint the cause of the inflammation; it just measures the presence of it.

It’s important to know that a high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) test is a little different from a regular C-reaction protein test. The regular C-reactive test measures high levels of protein, which can help find diseases that cause inflammation. The hs-CRP test measures lower levels of protein, which are still high, and can show the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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