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Also known as: hsCRP; High-sensitivity CRP; Ultra-sensitive CRP; Cardiac CRP; CRP for heart disease
Formal name: High-sensitivity C-reactive Protein

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Were you looking for the CRP test, used to evaluate general inflammation?

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help assess your risk of developing cardiovascular disease

When to Get Tested?

No current consensus exists on when to get tested; hs-CRP is often ordered in conjunction with other tests that are performed to assess risk of heart disease, such as a lipid profile (cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL-C, LDL-C) when your healthcare provider would like additional information on your risk.

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

You may be instructed to fast for 9-12 hours before the blood sample is taken if a lipid profile also is going to be done at the same time. You should be healthy at the time of the sample collection, without any recent illnesses, infections, inflammation, or injuries.