C-Reactive Protein Test (CRP) (cont.)

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What is the outlook for those with an elevated C- reactive protein (CRP)?

The overall outlook for those with an elevated CRP largely depends on the cause. In general, the level may be elevated as a response to any inflammation or infection present in the body. More specifically, as a risk assessment tool for cardiovascular disease, the elevation of CRP correlates with the presence of the traditional cardiac risk factors including, hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, obesity, advanced age, cigarette smoking, and strong family history of cardiac disease. Diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and appropriate medical management of these risk factors in hopes of preventing future cardiovascular disease cannot be overemphasized.

Medically reviewed by Kirkwood Johnston, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Rheumatology

REFERENCES:

American Heart Association. "Inflammation, Heart Disease and Stroke: The Role of C-Reactive Protein."

eMedicineHealth. "C-Rective Protein Test (CRP)."

Medscape.com. "Largest-Ever Meta-Analysis Finds CRP Is Unlikely to Be Causal for CVD."

"C-reactive protein in cardiovascular disease"
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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/19/2014

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