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C Reactive Protein Blood Test (CRP) (cont.)

C-reactive Protein Follow-up

Routine follow-up with a doctor is recommended for the proper management of conditions that are known risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease.

C-reactive Protein Prevention

Prevention of elevated c-reactive protein levels is meaningful in the context of prevention of cardiovascular risk factors. Preventive measures with diet and exercise, smoking cessation, weight loss, and appropriate management of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are known to lower cardiovascular risk in general.

C-reactive Protein Prognosis

The outlook on elevated c-reactive protein depends on the associated factors causing it. In terms of cardiovascular disease, lower levels of c-reactive protein may be associated with lower overall risk of disease and a better outlook for the patient.

Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine

REFERENCES:

Pearson, TA, Mensah, GA, Alexander, RW, et al. Markers of inflammation and cardiovascular disease: application to clinical and public health practice: A statement for healthcare professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association. Circulation 2003; 107:499.

Ridker, PM. Clinical application of C-reactive protein for cardiovascular disease detection and prevention. Circulation 2003; 107:363.

Mosca, L. C-reactive protein--to screen or not to screen?. N Engl J Med 2002; 3


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/11/2015

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