C-Reactive Protein (CRP Blood Test) Glossary of Terms

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Acute: Of abrupt onset, in reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness th...

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Acute myocardial infarction: A heart attack.

Analysis: In psychology, a term for conversation-based therapeutic processes used to gain ...

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Arthritis: Inflammation of a joint. When joints are inflamed they can develop stiffness, w...

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Aspirin: Once the Bayer trademark for acetylsalicylic acid, now the common name for this a...

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Atherosclerosis: A process of progressive thickening and hardening of the walls of medium-...

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Atherosclerotic: Pertaining to atherosclerosis, the process of progressive thickening and ...

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Blood clot: A mass of coagulated blood. A blood clot can block a major blood vessel, causi...

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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BMI: Body mass index.

Body mass index: A key index for relating weight to height. Abbreviated BMI. BMI is a pers...

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Brain: The portion of the central nervous system that is located within the skull. It func...

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C-reactive protein: An acute-phase plasma protein whose blood concentration reflects the p...

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Cardiac: Having to do with the heart.

Cardiovascular: Relating to the circulatory system, which comprises the heart and blood ve...

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Cardiovascular disease: Disease affecting the heart or blood vessels.

CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US agency charged with tracking a...

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The US agency charged with tracking and invest...

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Cholesterol: The most common type of steroid in the body. Cholesterol has a reputation for...

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Coronary arteries: The vessels that supply the heart muscle with blood rich in oxygen. The...

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CRP: C-reactive protein.

Diabetes: Usually refers to diabetes mellitus or, less often, to diabetes insipidus. Diabe...

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Diabetes mellitus: More commonly referred to as "diabetes" -- a chronic disease associated...

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Dyslipidemia: A disorder of lipoprotein metabolism, including lipoprotein overproduction o...

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Erythrocyte: A cell that contains hemoglobin and can carry oxygen to the body. Also called...

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Fasting: : going without food or drink. Patients may be advised to fast for a certain peri...

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Heart attack: The death of heart muscle due to the loss of blood supply. The loss of bloo...

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Heart disease: Any disorder that affects the heart. Sometimes the term "heart disease" is ...

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High blood pressure: A repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mmHg. Chro...

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Hypertension: High blood pressure, defined as a repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceedi...

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Infarction: The formation of an infarct, an area of tissue death, due to a local lack of o...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Laboratory: A place for doing tests and research procedures, and for preparing chemicals a...

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Liter: A metric measure of capacity that is equal to the volume of 1 kilogram of water at ...

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Liver: The largest solid organ in the body, situated in the upper part of the abdomen on t...

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Marker: A piece of DNA that lies on a chromosome so close to a gene that the marker and t...

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Myocardial infarction: A heart attack. Abbreviated MI.

Obesity: The state of being well above one's normal weight.

Plaque:1. An semi-hardened accumulation of substances from fluids that bathe an are...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Protein: One of the three nutrients used as energy sources (calories) by the body. Protein...

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Risk factor: Something that increases a person's chances of developing a disease. For exam...

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Rupture: A break or tear in any organ (such as the spleen) or soft tissue (such as the ach...

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Sedimentation rate: A blood test that detects and monitors inflammation in the body. Abbre...

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Sensitivity: 1. In psychology, the quality of being sensitive. As, for example, sen...

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Statins: A class of drugs that lower cholesterol.

Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

Trauma: A physical or emotional injury.

Type 2 diabetes: See Diabetes, type 2.

Vascular: Relating to blood vessels. For example, the vascular system in the body includes...

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Vessel: A tube in the body that carries fluids. Examples of vessels are blood vessels and ...

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Weight loss: Weight loss is a decrease in body weight resulting from either voluntary (die...

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