C-Reactive Protein (High Sensitivity) Blood Tests

The C-Reactive Protein (High Sensitivity) test is a blood test that measures the level of a protein called C-reactive protein (CRP) in your body. CRP is produced by your liver in response to inflammation, which is your body's natural defense against infection or injury.

This test is used to detect and monitor inflammation in your body. It can help identify the presence of infections, autoimmune diseases (where your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells), or chronic conditions like arthritis.

A high sensitivity version of this test is more accurate and can detect even small amounts of CRP, which is important because even low levels of inflammation can be a sign of underlying health issues.

By measuring CRP levels, this test can help your doctor determine the severity of inflammation, track the progress of a disease, or evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment. It can also be used to assess your risk of developing heart disease, as high levels of CRP have been linked to increased cardiovascular risk.

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