Compare - High-Sensitivity CRP Test (LGC)

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Also known as: C-Reactive Protein, Cardio CRP, Cardio hs-CRP, CRP, High Sensitivity CRP, High-sensitivity C-reactive Protein, High-sensitivity CRP, Highly Sensitive CRP, hsCRP, Ultra-sensitive CRP

Hs Crp

A high-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) test may be used by itself, in combination with other cardiac risk markers, or in combination with a lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) test that evaluates vascular inflammation. The hs-CRP test accurately detects low concentrations of C-reactive protein to help predict a healthy person's risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). High-sensitivity CRP is promoted by some as a test for determining a person's risk level for CVD, heart attacks, and strokes. The current thinking is that hs-CRP can play a role in the evaluation process before a person develops one of these health problems.
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The Compare - High-Sensitivity CRP Test (LGC) test contains 1 test with 1 biomarker.

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Brief Descriptions: The High-Sensitivity CRP (C-Reactive Protein) lab test is a specialized blood test that measures the concentration of C-reactive protein in the bloodstream. Unlike the standard CRP test, the high-sensitivity version detects even smaller amounts of this protein, making it particularly useful for assessing low-grade inflammation.

Also Known As: hsCRP Test, Cardiac CRP Test, high sensitivity C-reactive protein Test, CRP Test for heart disease.

Collection Method: Blood Draw

Specimen Type: Serum

Test Preparation: No preparation required

When and Why the High-Sensitivity CRP Lab Test May Be Ordered

Timing of the Test: The High-Sensitivity CRP test may be ordered at various times, depending on the specific clinical scenario.

Reasons for Ordering the Test:

  1. Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk: One of the primary reasons for ordering this test is to assess an individual's risk of cardiovascular disease. Elevated levels of high-sensitivity CRP are associated with a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes, especially in individuals with other risk factors such as high cholesterol, smoking, or a family history of heart disease.

  2. Inflammatory Conditions: It can be ordered when there are signs and symptoms of inflammatory conditions, even if they are subtle. Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or chronic infections may result in elevated CRP levels.

  3. Monitoring Chronic Diseases: For individuals with chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease, the test may be ordered periodically to monitor disease activity and assess treatment effectiveness.

  4. Screening for Infection: In some cases, the high-sensitivity CRP test may be used as part of a battery of tests to screen for infection or to monitor response to treatment for infections.

What the High-Sensitivity CRP Lab Test Checks For

The High-Sensitivity CRP lab test checks for the presence and concentration of C-reactive protein in the blood. C-reactive protein is produced by the liver in response to inflammation in the body. It is a marker of acute and chronic inflammation.

How Health Care Providers Use the Results of the High-Sensitivity CRP Lab Test

Healthcare providers use the results of the High-Sensitivity CRP lab test in various ways:

  1. Cardiovascular Risk Assessment: Elevated levels of high-sensitivity CRP may indicate an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Providers can use this information to help assess a patient's overall risk profile and make recommendations for heart disease prevention.

  2. Monitoring Inflammatory Conditions: In individuals with known inflammatory conditions, the test helps healthcare providers monitor disease activity. A rise in high-sensitivity CRP levels may indicate disease flare-ups, prompting adjustments to treatment plans.

  3. Infection Screening: When the test is used as part of an infection workup, elevated high-sensitivity CRP levels may suggest an ongoing infection, helping healthcare providers identify the cause and initiate appropriate treatment.

  4. Response to Treatment: For individuals undergoing treatment for conditions associated with inflammation, such as autoimmune diseases, the test can track how well the treatment is controlling inflammation. A reduction in high-sensitivity CRP levels may indicate a positive response to therapy.

In summary, the High-Sensitivity CRP lab test is a valuable tool for assessing inflammation in various clinical contexts. It is particularly useful for cardiovascular risk assessment and monitoring inflammatory conditions, helping healthcare providers make informed decisions about treatment and disease management.

We advise having your results reviewed by a licensed medical healthcare professional for proper interpretation of your results.

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