C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance produced by the liver in response to inflammation. Other form of CRP is high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) . This test in conjunction with other tests to assess a person’s risk for heart disease or stroke.CRP test after surgery to check for signs of postsurgical infection or to monitor inflammatory diseases, including:

  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid
  • autoimmune diseases, such as lupus

High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) is ideally performed to check for risk of cardiovascular disease.

Test results interpretation

Normally, in the blood the levels of CRP are low.If the levels are found high or are increasing, they indicate the presence of inflammation. A high level of CRP in the blood is a marker of any condition that causes inflammation, from an upper respiratory infection to cancer. High CRP levels can indicate that there is inflammation in the arteries of the heart, which can mean a higher risk for heart attack. It is important to remember, however, that CRP is a nonspecific test and can be elevated in any inflammatory condition.

However, the hs-CRP test tends to measure accurately the low levels of CRP. With this it identifies the persistent levels of inflammation and detects the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.