CRP - High Sensitivity Test £POA
A test that checks for chronic low-level inflammation in the body which is a risk factor for heart disease.
The HsCRP, High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein test is a marker in the blood which is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Sensitive enough to pick up even the lowest level of inflammation, this test can highlight whether you have damaging inflammation which is possibly affecting your arteries. Inflammation is caused by poor diet (too much sugar and refined carbohydrates), lack of exercise and stress.
This test should not be undertaken if you have any accute inflammation or disease as the results will be abnormally high. However, if you are in good health with no obvious inflammatory symptoms, then this test is a useful indicator of your personal risk of heart disease, especially if used in conjunction with other tests e.g. cholesterol.
This test is for individuals who wish to assess their risk of cardiovascular disease because they fall into a high risk group because of age, family history or lifestyle. Alternatively many people take this test to confirm that their healthy lifestyle is having a positive impact on their health.
Unlike acute inflammation where you can expect, pain, redness and heat, the type of inflammation that this test picks up has no obvious symptoms. However, the damage taking place over the long term in our blood vessels is a known risk factor for a sudden heart attack.