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A 64-year-old member asked:

i'm 65 years old, with heart disease in family history. what benefit from the high-sensitivity c-reactive protein (hs-crp) test in physical exam?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
CRP test for hearts: Most experts agree that testing for highly sensitive CRP does not add much to the traditional assessment of cardiac risk factors. The main factors to pay attention to (in addition) to the family history are exercise, diet, blood pressure, cholesterol, daily aspirin, not smoking, relaxation, maintaining weight. The value for CRP has been for low risk patients with relatively low cholesterol.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
This is very good, very sensible advice. As a pathologist / lab specialist, I often remind people, "Look at and treat the person, not the number."
Feb 8, 2014
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Inflammation marker: CRP measures inflammation esp inside vessels - atherogenic marker - important to bring CRP and glucose level to normal.

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