The high sensitivity C-reactive protein (HS CRP) test requires only a blood draw.
CRP is a protein found in the blood that is considered a marker for inflammation. The presence of elevated CRP indicates a heightened state of inflammation in the body.
Inflammation of the arteries is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Vascular inflammation has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke and peripheral arterial disease. Inflammation can damage the inner linings of arteries, and could make a heart attack more likely.
Studies involving large numbers of patients have indicated a correlation between levels of CRP and levels of cardiac risk. HS CRP even seems as predictive of cardiac risk independent of and adjunctive with cholesterol levels.
The levels of HS CRP indicate heart risk as follows:
• Less than 1 milligram per liter (mg/L) = low risk
• 1 to 3 mg/L = moderate risk
• More than 3 mg/L = high risk
CRP can be elevated for reasons unrelated to cardiovascular risk, including infection, pregnancy or hormonal therapy, some medications, and recent trauma; therefore, the test should be interpreted with the aid of your physician.
The high sensitivity C-reactive protein screening is available for only $25 at the Northern Nevada Medical Center health fair on March 1 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Visit the first floor of NNMC at 2375 E. Prater Way in Sparks.
Northern Nevada Medical Center holds these health fairs on the first Thursday of every month. You can receive other screenings, such as complimentary blood pressure and body fat screenings; a lipid profile including cholesterol, triglycerides and HDL/LDL ratio; and PSA prostate cancer testing. A physician or a nurse or both will be available to answer your questions.
For more information, visit www.nnmc.com and click on the link for Community Events.
John Miceli is the director of Ancillary Service at Northern Nevada Medical Center. Miceli has extensive experience working in the area of cardiac catheterization and oversees the Accredited Chest Pain Center at NNMC. Miceli holds advanced licensure in cardiovascular technology as well as radiological health.