CRP-C-Reactive Protein Qualitative test

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A C-reactive protein (CRP) test is done to: Identify and keep track of infections and diseases that cause inflammation, such as: Cancer of the lymph nodes (lymphoma). Diseases of the immune system, such as lupus. Painful swelling of the blood vessels in the head and neck (giant cell arteritis). Painful swelling of the tissues that line the joints (rheumatoid arthritis). Swelling and bleeding of the intestines (inflammatory bowel disease). Infection of a bone (osteomyelitis).

 It may be ordered, for example, when a newborn shows signs of infection or when an individual has symptoms of sepsis, such as fever, chills, and rapid breathing and heart rate. 

 

It may also be ordered on a regular basis to monitor conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and is often repeated at intervals to determine whether treatment is effective. This is particularly useful for inflammation problems since CRP levels drop as inflammation subsides. 

C-reactive protein levels are measured via a blood test. There are two tests for elevated CRP. One can show a non-specific elevation of CRP that occurs with general inflammatory changes in the body. The other test, hs-CRP, is a measure of inflammation in blood vessels. This is the test needed to help establish heart disease risk. 

 

In evaluating cardiac risk, physicians look at a very narrow range of C-reactive protein levels, from zero to 3. 0 and above. This requires a special test called high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), which may be able to reveal inflammation at the micro-vascular level. If this test shows that CRP is less than 1. 0 mg per liter of blood, the risk of heart disease is considered low; if it is between 1. 0 and 3. 0, the risk is average; and if it is above 3. 0, the risk is deemed high. 

An anti-inflammatory diet that includes two to three servings of fish such as salmon or sardines per week. If you don't eat fish, he suggests taking fish oil supplements. He also recommends taking anti-inflammatory herbs including ginger and turmeric and following your doctor's recommendations for heart health. That means quitting smoking, watching your diet (particularly avoid foods that predominantly consist of flour and/or sugar), and getting regular exercise: research indicates that as fitness levels decline, C-reactive protein levels go up.

Conventional physicians may prescribe the same (statin) drugs used to lower LDL cholesterol to also lower levels of CRP. In addition, they will typically recommend exercise and weight loss where appropriate, since both can help lower CRP levels. In general, conventional physicians recommend the same lifestyle changes shown to reduce heart disease _ diet, exercise, not smoking, drinking less alcohol, following a heart-healthy diet _ to lower elevated C-reactive protein levels. 

Test Method 1 : The health professional taking a sample of your blood will: 

Wrap an elastic band around your upper arm to stop the flow of blood. This makes the veins below the band larger so it is easier to put a needle into the vein. 

Clean the needle site with alcohol. 

Put the needle into the vein. More than one needle stick may be needed. 

Attach a tube to the needle to fill it with blood. 

Remove the band from your arm when enough blood is collected. 

Put a gauze pad or cotton ball over the needle site as the needle is removed. 

Put pressure on the site and then put on a bandage. 

Report available : Turn around time is 24 hours. 

The persons have the following signs and symptom:    It may be ordered, for example, when a newborn shows signs of infection or when an individual has symptoms of sepsis, such as fever, chills, and rapid breathing and heart rate. 

 

It may also be ordered on a regular basis to monitor conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and is often repeated at intervals to determine whether treatment is effective. This is particularly useful for inflammation problems since CRP levels drop as inflammation subsides. 

Cancer, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and inflammatory bowel disease.