Useful test in predicting risk of cardiovascular disease.

Clinical Significance:

The test measures the level of High sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) in the blood. 

CRP is a protein made by the liver and sent into the bloodstream in response to inflammation. Due also to infection, and following a heart attack or surgery, C-reactive protein may be found at elevated levels in the blood. This test with improved sensitivity allows hs-CRP to be used to detect low-grade inflammation.

CRP levels that are even slightly higher than normal are often linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other conditions.  This test can help identify these risks so you can take action to stay healthy. Measurement of hs-CRP levels rise along also with various risk factors such as aging, smoking and obesity.