A high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) test measures the amount of CRP (C-reactive protein) in your blood. This test may help find your risk of heart problems, especially when the results are considered along with other risk factors such as cholesterol, age, blood pressure, and smoking.
This test may be done to find out if you have an increased chance of having a sudden heart problem, such as a heart attack. But the connection between high CRP levels and heart attack risk is not understood very well.
A high level of CRP may mean a higher-than-normal risk of heart problems. If your risk for heart problems is high, your doctor may recommend lifestyles changes or medicine to help lower your risk.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: September 21, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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