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.
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- Fasting Required: NO
- Preferred Specimen: Serum
- Reference Range(s):
hs-CRP (mg/L) Risk According to AHA/CDC Guidelines 1.0 Lower relative cardiovascular risk. 1.0-3.0 Average relative cardiovascular risk. 3.1-10.0 Higher relative cardiovascular risk. Consider retesting in 1 to 2 weeks to exclude a benign transient elevation in the baseline CRP value secondary to infection or inflammation. 10.0 Persistent elevation, upon retesting, may be associated with infection and inflammation.
- Turnaround Time: 3 Day
- Test Code: 10124