C Reactive Protein Blood Test (CRP) Topic Guide
C-Reactive Protein (CRP Blood Test): C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker of inflammation somewhere in the body. When there is inflammation in the body, the CRP levels increase. Elevated c-reactive protein levels in the blood have been associated with increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Heart Attack A heart attack is an interruption in blood flow to the heart muscle. Arterial plaque rupture is often the cause of a heart attack. Symptoms of a heart attack may include chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating, and nausea. Emergency heart catheterization and thrombolytic therapy may be used to treat a heart attack.
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