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.
Transient Ischemic Attack (Mini-Stroke) A transient ischemic attack (TIA), or mini-stroke, is often a warning sign of a future stroke - you should call paramedics right away (dial 911 in the U.S.). Blood clots, occluded arteries and leaking blood vessels caused by high blood pressure may cause TIAs. Symptoms include neurologic deficits, speech and vision problems, and confusion.
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