Hello, today we will talk about CRP Test, what is CRP test, how is this test done, why is it done, we are going to know about all these.
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What is CRP (What is CRP Test)?
CRP (C-reactive protein) is a protein made by the liver.
What is the function of C-Reactive Protein?
This protein attaches to the dead only non-living cells and helps in getting them out of the body.
Why is the CRP test done?
If the patient has any chronic inflammatory disease or has an autoimmune disease, then the doctor will prescribe this test.
Apart from this, CRP test is also done to know the risk of heart disease.
How is CRP Test done?
A CRP test requires a blood sample that is taken from the patient’s arm.
Is there anything special that can be done before the CRP test?
No, no special preparation is required to perform the CRP test. Samples can be taken at any time according to the convenience of the patient.
Normal CRP Values-
CRP value should be less than 1mg/L in normal people
What information does the CRP test provide?
If a patient has a high CRP value, then that patient may have some chronic inflammatory disease.
- If this test is done for heart disease and the CRP value is 1mg/L then the risk of heart disease for the patient is very low.
- If the CRP value ranges from 1 to 3 mg/L, it means that the patient is at slight risk.
- If someone else’s value is more than 10mg/L, then it means that the patient is more likely to have heart disease.
What can be the reasons for increased CRP in blood?
If the patient has any chronic inflammatory disease such as
- heart disease
- Tuberculosis disease
- infection such as pneumonia
- Apart from this, CRP is also increased in autoimmune diseases such as arthritis.
Can CRP levels rise even under normal conditions?
For example, in addition to pregnancy, if the patient is taking certain medicines such as contraceptive pills, they can also increase CRP.