What do you need to know about high CRP?

CRP is a substance produced by the liver in response to inflammation. C Reactive Protein in medical terms is also called high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and Ultrasensitive C-reactive protein. The protein is a marker of low-grade inflammation and its levels can be elevated due to the existence of any inflammatory condition in the body. It can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, from infection to cancer, and can result in cardiovascular diseases such as heart stroke, etc.

What does it mean to have a high CRP?

It can be caused due to plethora of conditions including pregnancy, infections and cancer. The physician believe that high levels of C-reactive protein in the blood increases the chances of a heart disease and attack. High levels of CRP also indicate the development of diabetes in an individual. If your result shows a high CRP levels, it would be appropriate to consult your physician for further tests which maybe required.

What is CRP test?

It is done to measure the level of inflammation in your body (i.e. CRP). Though a CRP cannot show where the inflammation is actually, or what is causing it; he may advise you some tests to identify these issues.

What does C- reactive protein results indicate?

  • A reading of less than 1 mg/L indicates that you are having at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • A reading between 1-2.9 mg/L indicates you are at intermediate risk.
  • A reading higher than 3 indicates you of increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • A reading above 10 mg/L maybe found in following conditions:
    1. Bone infection
    2. Inflammatory bowel disease
    3. Tuberculosis
    4. Cancer
    5. Other autoimmune diseases