C-Reactive Protein

C-Reactive Protein

C- Reactive Protein is a substance that the body releases in response to inflammation. The C-Reactive Protein Test ( CRP) is a blood test used as a measure of inflammation. In Longevity Medicine conditions such as ; Cardiovascular Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes and Cancer all begin with early inflammatory changes and thus early detection is very valuable. High levels of CRP in the blood mean there is inflammation somewhere in the body.

The interest in CRP as an indicator of heart disease has emerged as researchers have learned more about atherosclerosis, or “hardening of the arteries.” In recent years, scientists have learned that atherosclerosis is an inflammatory process in which immune system cells are activated in response to a local injury inside the arteries. These white blood cells release inflammatory chemicals that contribute to the atherosclerotic process and are one component of arterial plaque deposits. When a plaque deposit rupture, a heart attack or stroke can result. In response to this inflammation, CRP and other inflammatory markers in the blood rise.

Physicians may use a particularly sensitive type of CRP test called a high-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) assay to assess a patients risk for heart problems. By measuring CRP, physicians can measure the level of inflammation in the body and help identify people who may be at risk for a heart attack or other cardiovascular event.

CRP, must be used with other test parameters as it has drawbacks as a sole indicator for heart disease. Because CRP levels rise in response to inflammation anywhere in the body, it is a non-specific marker, meaning that elevated CRP levels do not necessarily indicate atherosclerosis or increased risk for cardiovascular events. In fact, CRP levels rise in response to many illnesses and chronic diseases, including bronchitis, gastritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. It can also rise in response to physical trauma (e.g., burns, fractures, surgery).

Most experts agree that CRP levels can be a very useful measurement in people diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.

Highlight: Inflammatory marker that helps to monitor cardiovascular risk and chronic disease

Functional Assessment of: Cardiovascular system and inflammation paths

Indicated for those: who are over 30

Fee Schedule:

35

Consult: 98

( It is recommended to have a consult to integrate your results in your optimal health plan)

A requesition is given at your appointment and you may take the test at any Gamma Dyna Care location in Ottawa.

The results are available at your next scheduled appointment approximately 2 weeks after the test is taken

Patient Preparation:

Patients who are scheduled for a CRP test will be asked not to eat or drink anything for 12 hours before the test.