A high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) test may be used to help evaluate an individual for risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
It may be used in combination with a lipid profile or with other cardiac risk markers, such as a lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) test, to provide added information about heart disease risk. People with higher hs-CRP values have the highest risk of cardiovascular disease and those with lower values have less risk. However, women on hormone replacement therapy have been shown to have elevated hs-CRP levels.
The American Heart Association and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have defined risk groups as follows:
- Low risk: less than 1.0 mg/L
- Average risk: 1.0 to 3.0 mg/L
- High risk: above 3.0 mg/L
CPT Code: 86141
Fasting Required: Fasting for 9-12 hours before the blood sample is taken may be required if a lipid profile (including triglycerides) is to be done at the same time. In addition, the person being tested should be healthy at the time of the sample collection, without any recent illnesses, infections, inflammation, or injuries.
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