Ongoing inflammation is a sign of potential in heart disease; studies have shown that high levels of CRP, taken by high-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP), can be a marker of atherosclerosis. hs-CRP is an important predictor for cardiovascular disease including myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular events, peripheral vascular disease, and sudden cardiac death in individuals without a history of heart disease. In patients with acute coronary disease, CRP level predicts mortality and cardiac complications. High CRP levels foreshadow a worse prognosis in patients with acute coronary syndromes. hs-CRP is also a marker of other chronic disease such as metabolic syndrome. Adding a hs-CRP test along with other cardiovascular related tests can be very essential to help aid your doctor provide you with the most effective treatment.
- WHAT IT TESTS: Measures both c-reactive protein and high-sensitivity c-reactive protein for inflammation levels.
- WHY TAKE IT: Help determine risk of heart disease and stroke.
- REQUIRES FAST? No.