What Is a C-Reactive Protein?
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance produced by the liver in response to inflammation. CRP is a biomarker of inflammation that is strongly associated with the risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes.
A high level of CRP in the blood is a sign that there is inflammation in the body.
How Is C-Reactive Protein Measured?
A blood test can measure CRP levels. The normal range for CRP levels is 0.0-10 mg/L.
What Does a High Level of C-Reactive Protein Mean?
A high level of CRP in the blood is a sign that there is inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a normal response by the body to injury or infection.
However, chronic inflammation can lead to tissue damage and disease. Chronic inflammation has been linked to conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, and cancer.
When Do You Need a CRP Test?
Your doctor will order a CRP test if he/she suspects you have a bacterial infection or to monitor chronic conditions like autoimmune diseases.
You Will Need a CRP Test if You Have:
- Bacterial Infections
- Autoimmune diseases
- Viral infections
- Increased respiratory rate
Your doctor will monitor your CRP levels over time to monitor the level of inflammation in the body.
Your doctor will provide you with instructions on when and where to get the test done. You do not need to fast beforehand.
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