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What is C Reactive Protein? What Is Its Normal Range?

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Updated: 13 Oct 2023
Published: 29 Jan 2018
C-Reactive Protein

Do you experience the sensation of inflammation in your body?

Occasional sensation of body inflammation is normal; however, if it is high and frequent, you need to get the C-Reactive Protein Test done.

So, what is C Reactive Protein (CRP) and what is its relation with body inflammation?

C Reactive Protein, also known as high-sensitivity C Reactive Protein (hs-CRP) or ultra-sensitive C Reactive Protein (us-CRP) is a pentameric protein found in our blood plasma. This protein is synthesised by the liver. The level of CRP rises in response to inflammation in the body. C Reactive Protein Test is the pathology test done to measure the level of CRP.

CRP level is measured in milligrams of CRP per litre of blood (mg/L). High level of CRP is a marker of inflammation. The normal range should be below 3.0 mg/dL. Higher than the normalcy indicates risk of infection, cardiovascular diseases and even cancer.

Physicians are in the opinion that people with higher CRP are three times more prone to heart attack compared to those with low levels. Apart from cardiovascular diseases, CPR level is also a marker of other disorders such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus.

There are certain causes for which CRP level can trigger towards the higher level. Factors those affect CRP level in the blood include – diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, unhealthful diet, no or limited physical activity, excess use of alcohol and obesity.

Your physician may order C Reactive Protein Test along with other tests to understand the risk and likelihood of a heart disease or stroke. The administration of the test is quite simple. There is no special preparation required. The person is not supposed to undergo any kind of diet checks.

C Reactive Protein Test is a very important test that can help your physician identify the occurrence of a number of critical disease conditions. This can completely do away with occurrence of major or sudden heart attack or spreading cancerous tissues well in advance. Get the CRP test done from a trusted and approved pathology centre that can offer you superior diagnostics service.

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