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hs-C Reactive Protein
Measurement of CRP by high sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) assay may add to the predictive value of other markers used to assess the risk of cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease. This test is also valuable in the evaluation of cancer and other types of inflamatory diseases.
An elevated hs-CRP indicates damage to inner arterial vessel lining. At such points wall plaque formation begin.
Increases in CRP values are nonspecific, however, coronary risk may be present when the results are above 0.13 ng/dL. CRP also may be an indicator for a wide range of disease processes and should not be interpreted without a complete clinical history. When using CRP to assess risk of cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease, measurements should be compared to previous values. Recent medical events resulting in tissue injury, infections or inflammation, which may cause elevated CRP levels, should also be considered when interpreting results.
Normal range is 0.00 – 0.30 mg/dL; coronary risk may exist at 0.15 and above.
Values obtained with different assay methods should not be used interchangeably.