What Does It Mean If My CRP (C-Reactive Protein) Is Abnormal?

Question: What does it mean if my CRP (C-reactive protein) is abnormal?

Answer: If a CRP test is recommended by a physician, and subsequently returns as being above what is considered the normal range, or more precisely, identifying someone at increased risk over the next decade for a stroke, a heart attack, or cardiovascular death. It's something that requires very careful consideration and discussion with your physician.

Most physicians with an elevated CRP test will focus on the known risk factors for coronary artery disease -- such as an elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, overweight, inactivity, or a very strong risk factor within family members for coronary artery disease -- and address those risk factors first. That should be the primary focus of any preventive strategy for someone with an elevated CRP test.

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