May 2003, Volume 33 Number 5 , p 70 - 71
Outline Testing for CRP
What to teach the patient
Is my patient at risk?
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ALTHOUGH LIPID profiles help determine a patient's risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), favorable levels can be misleading: 50% of patients who experience myocardial infarctions (MIs) have normal levels of low-density and high-density lipoproteins and triglycerides. Now researchers have found that C-reactive protein (CRP), a naturally occurring substance that rises in response to inflammation, is the leading inflammatory marker for CVD in certain patients.
Inflammation plays a significant role in atherosclerosis development, causing plaque to rupture and activating a clotting cascade that can result in MI or stroke. Researchers are exploring whether infectious bacteria or viruses might cause or contribute to inflammation.