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Why does CRP test?

C-reactive protein Test.

C-reactive protein is a protein made by your liver to ward off infection or injury. It can be detected in your blood as a result of inflammation, which is the body’s way of protecting itself after an injury or infection.

Elevated CRP levels can be caused by a wide variety of inflammatory conditions. These include:

Autoimmune disorders, including arthritis, lupus, and inflammatory bowel disease, are a broad category of diseases that can cause inflammation in various parts of the body. Some examples are pericarditis, which is the inflammation of the lining of the heart, and infection. Autoimmune disorders can also cause organ and tissue damage and cancer, as well as obesity.

High CRP levels of more than 350 mg/L are usually a sign of a serious underlying medical condition. The most common causes are severe infections, poorly controlled autoimmune diseases, and severe tissue damage.

What is CRP and how does it work?

For those who don’t like the idea of fasting, there is no need to worry. Most doctors still recommend a simple urine test before having a CRP test. Doctors may also want to do other blood tests on people with high-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP).

For centuries, doctors have known that high levels of CRP in the bloodstream would increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The hs-CRP test is different from the CRP test, because it detects lower levels of CRP in the bloodstream. These are the levels measured at 0.5-10 mg/L instead of 10-1,000 mg/L like with the CRP test.

Let’s talk about the causes of high CRP. Some conditions that may cause an elevated CRP level include: –

  • Inflammatory bowel disease 
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Crohn’s disease 
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Ankylosing  spondylitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis –Lupus

High levels of  hs-CRP can be cause by:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Sedentary Lifestyle

Obtaining the sample blood test for the test won’t take long and you’ll only need to experience minor pain.

The symptoms of elevated CRP levels are different depending on the underlying condition. Many people who have moderate infections or injuries, or conditions that cause chronic inflammation, may experience similar symptoms. These include: 

  • Excessive   fatigue. 
  • General aches and pains.
  • Generalized muscle soreness.
  • Minor  fever or chills. 
  • Swollen  joints. 
  • Unusual  shortness of breath.
  • Vague  chest pain.
  • Vague abdominal pain.

The more of a CRP level a person has, the more likely they are to have an acute bacterial infection. Those with high CRP levels will generally experience symptoms such as:

A high fever can present with a rapid heart rate, sweating, shaking, vomiting, and more. Other symptoms include breathing difficulties, headaches, and body pain. If your customer is experiencing these types of symptoms, they should contact any doctor or hospital immediately. A high fever is a medical emergency and should be handle as such,

There are currently no set guidelines for CRP blood test. The following recommendations are based on various sources: Mildly elevated CRP levels are typically due to chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or major lifestyle factors including tobacco smoking and being sedentary. Moderately elevated CRP levels often result from infectious causes, which can be either infectious or non-infectious. Severely elevated CRP levels are usually due to bacterial infection.

The hs-CRP test can indicate a person’s risk of getting heart disease:

Low risk is less than 1 mg/L. 

Moderate risk is between 1 mg/L and 3 mg/L. 

High risk is greater than 3 mg/L.

Is C-reactive protein good or bad? 

C-reactive protein is a protein in the blood that’s often use to measure inflammation. It’s often thought to be a good predictor for cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes. However, a study publish on March 23, 2000 conclude that C-reactive protein is actually better than “other inflammatory markers” — meaning it can be used to predict cardiovascular events better than other inflammatory markers.

“Blood test is a procedure with minimal to no risk”.

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