Abbrevation: CRP high sensitive
Transport: at 2-8˚c, -20˚c
Storage: 1 week at 2-8˚c for longer time at -20˚
Test Name: C- Reactive Protein high sensitive
Normal Range: <3.8
May be used to predict your risk of developing heart disease
The hs-CRP test is fairly new, and many UK laboratories don’t perform this test yet. Experts still don’t agree on how often this test should be requested for a healthy population. Current UK guidelines on cardiovascular disease risk assessment do not recommend the use of hs-CRP testing.
A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a protein in the blood that increases when inflammation is present. CRP has been used for many years as an indicator of infection and inflammation associated with disease. Doctors now believe that atherosclerosis (fatty build-up in artery walls, also called 'hardening of the arteries') is also an inflammatory process. However, the inflammation from atherosclerosis is a low level of long-term inflammation that produces only small amounts of CRP. Therefore, the test requires higher sensitivity than previous tests in order to detect the small increases of CRP. Thus, this test is known as high-sensitivity CRP or hs-CRP.
How is the sample collected for testing?
A blood sample is taken by needle from a vein in your arm.
Is any test preparation needed to ensure the quality of the sample?
No test preparation is needed.