High Sensitive CRP Test
What is hsCRP?
C-reactive protein (CRP) is an acute phase reactant, mainly synthesized by the liver. The CRP concentration increases in the blood following the heart attack, inflammation, infection, surgery, trauma, etc. High-sensitivity CRP (Hs-CRP) test measures lower levels of CRP in the blood to predict the risk of Cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Why is hsCRP done?
- To evaluate a person's risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke.
What does hsCRP Measure?
High-sensitivity CRP (Hs-CRP) test measures lower levels of CRP in the blood to predict the risk of Cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Hs-CRP can implicate low level of inflammation. A persistent low level of inflammation can result in a build-up of cholesterol and other lipids and can cause atherosclerosis and narrowing of blood vessels, which is often associated with Cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The hs-CRP test accurately measures low levels of C-reactive protein to identify low but persistent levels of inflammation and thus helps predict a person's risk of developing CVD. High-sensitivity CRP along with lipid profile can be a useful test for screening the risk of CVD, heart attacks, and strokes. Studies have suggested that this test is best suited for people who have a moderate risk of heart attack over the next 10 years.
Therefore, Hs-CRP is generally advised along with other tests such as lipid profile and lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) to provide added information about the risk of heart disease.
Interpreting hsCRP results
A desirable blood level of Hs-CRP is less than 1 mg/ml.
Low risk: less than 1.0 mg/L
Average risk: 1.0 to 3.0 mg/L
High risk: above 3.0 mg/L
Above 10 mg/mL: indicates acute inflammation
Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about hsCRP
Frequently Asked Questions about High Sensitive CRP Test