Ultra-sensitive C-reactive protein (us-CRP) test checks the level C-Reactive proteins (CRP) in the blood to diagnose inflammation of arteries and certain heart diseases.
CRP is produced in the body during the process of inflammation, therefore its presence in the blood is indicative of increased state of inflammation in the body. Studies have shown that CRP levels appear to correlate with levels of heart disease risk and that higher levels of CRP are associated with a threefold increase in the risk of heart attack.
C-Reactive protein (CRP) and Erythrocyte Sedementation Rate (ESR) are two tests doctors peform to evaluate for inflammation/infection. Clasically referred to as "inflammatory markers," these two tests will be elevated in such disease processes as infection including osteomyeltits, septic arthritis, gout, etc.
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