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How does a c-reactive protein level relate to the risk of heart attack?
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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Predicts risk
There are 5 major risk factors for coronary artery disease: cholesterol, smoking, hypertension, diabetes, and family history.
The CRP could be considered a 6th risk factor. CRP is a reflection of inflammation within coronary plaque that may be asymptomatic. A CRP greater than 3 increases the risk of coronary artery disease.

In brief: Predicts risk
There are 5 major risk factors for coronary artery disease: cholesterol, smoking, hypertension, diabetes, and family history.
The CRP could be considered a 6th risk factor. CRP is a reflection of inflammation within coronary plaque that may be asymptomatic. A CRP greater than 3 increases the risk of coronary artery disease.
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