C Reactive Protein High Sensitivity Blood Test (hs-CRP) measures the level of high sensitivity C Reactive Protein (hs-CRP) in the blood. This test helps to determine the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases (CVD) or heart diseases. This test detects lower levels of the CRP as compared to other CRP tests to evaluate individuals for risk of CVD. Other CRP tests measure high levels of the CRP to detect the cause of inflammation.
CRP is a protein produced in the liver. It is released into the bloodstream in response to inflammation due to infections, or any other diseased conditions. It is also released into the blood following a heart attack, surgery, or trauma (injury).
High levels of CRP in normal CRP tests are seen in the blood in case of inflammation or infection. But high levels of CRP in hs-CRP tests indicate the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD).
This test is performed to assess the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). Your doctor may ask to perform this test if you are at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases or if you experience any signs and symptoms of cardiovascular diseases.
You may be advised to perform this test with other tests that are performed to assess the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
If you have a family history of cardiovascular diseases (heart diseases) your doctor may ask to perform this test in a 6 monthly or a yearly basis. If you are diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases (heart diseases), then you may have to perform this test on a regular basis as instructed by the doctor.
Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your CRP High sensitivity. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for CRP High sensitivity.
You may ask to fast (without eating anything) for a whole night or for up to 9 to 12 hours if a lipid profile test is also going to be performed. This test is performed in healthy individuals who are free of any infections, inflammation, injuries, or any recent illnesses. However, follow all the instructions given by your healthcare provider.
If the test results show high levels of hs-CRP than the normal range in a healthy individual it may indicate that you are at high risk of future heart attack, stroke, sudden cardiac death, and/or peripheral arterial disease.
Individuals with lower hs-CRP levels are at low risk and higher levels are at high risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
These test results are compared with other cholesterol, LDL-C, triglycerides, and glucose tests for the appropriate evaluation. Other factors such as smoking and disease states such as high blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes may also increase the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Based on the test results, your doctor may advise appropriate medical treatments, lifestyle modifications, or further diagnostic tests.
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