C-Reactive Protein, the New Testing Standard

Word Count: 399 Summary: The latest factor to determine your risk of a heart attack is the C-Reactive Protein (CRP) test. A simple blood test can check your CRP level. A reading of 3.0 or higher triples your risk for a heart attack. When chronic inflammation is present, the CRP levels increase. There is now evidence that chronic low-grade inflammation causes atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Keywords: C-Reactive Protein heart attack stroke inflammation CRP Article Body: The latest factor to determine your risk of a heart attack is the C-Reactive Protein (CRP) test. CRP is a molecule produced by the liver in response to an inflammatory response. A simple blood test can check your CRP level. A reading of …