|Blood Test Panel|
CRP, hs | Galectin 3 | GGT | GlycoMark | Homocysteine, Plasma | Lymphocyte Activity Profile
|Blood Test Panel|
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that the following are major risk factors for heart disease.
Gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) is used to determine why a patient would have elevated levels of alkaline phosphatase or also known as ALP. This test would be recommended for any patients with disease associated with the bile duct, and also for patients who have liver or bone disease.
Homocysteine is an amino acid that is produced by the body by chemically altering adenosine. It may be used to evaluate heart function, vitamin B levels, folate levels, renal (kidney) function or enzyme activities, and those with a history of heart disease or stroke.
High homocysteine levels can directly damage the delicate endothelial cells that line the inside of arteries, resulting in vascular inflammation, arterial plaque rupture, and blood clot formation.
Symptoms that qualify a patient to have a homocysteine test include but are not limited to:
Individuals who have recently experienced a stroke or heart attack may want this test to assess risk of cardiovascular disease, inflammation, or disorder.