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C Reactive Protein

Originally named for its ability to react with C-polysaccharide of Streptococcus pneumoniae, C-Reactive Protein, CRP, is a protein produced by the liver, the circulating concentration of which rises acutely and rapidly in a cytokine-mediated response to most forms of tissue injury, infection and inflammation. CRP may activate the classical complement pathway and stimulate tissue-factor production; a key protein involved in blood coagulation. This in turn may contribute to the pathogenesis of coronary heart disease over time at CRP levels that were previously considered normal.

RISK FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE

 

MODIFIABLE

NONMODIFIABLE

Smoking or exposure to environmental tobacco smoke

Male sex

Obesity

Age older than 50 years

Sedentary lifestyle

Family history of heart disease

Diabetes

Post-menopausal

High cholesterol or abnormal blood lipids

Race (African Americans, American Indians, Mexican Americans)

Hypertension

 

Poorly controlled stress and anger

 

High CRP

 

Diet (sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, refined sugar)

 

Not available in NY or MD.

C Reactive Protein Blood Spot Test ZRT
SKU: lc 120766
$95.00
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