How does a c-reactive protein level relate to the risk of heart attack?

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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What is the risk of a fatal heart attack with a c reactive protein level of 87?

Thats really high.. Low, intermediate, and high risk CRP values were defined as 3 mg/l. A value above 10 mg/l should be repeated after an interval of at least two weeks and you should be evaluated for infection or inflammation. Plz talk to your primary care provider. Read more...

C-reactive protein is 20.1. Dr said it's bad for my heart and puts me at risk for heart attack. If I had bad chest pain 20 years ago should I tell dr?

See details. An episode of chest pain at age 20 which occurred 20 years ago means nothing. A cardiac CRP of that level does impart some risk but is only one of several factors. Lipids, blood pressure, blood sugar levels and family history are much more important. Get an opinion with a cardiologist to put all if this in perspective. Read more...

Is it possible to have normal bnp and high c reactive protein in idcm and still have heart failure symptoms?

Yes. A normal bnp means that your left atrial pressure is low and but you can still have a low cardiac output and feel crummy from chf. High CRP doesn't correlate with CHF symptoms. Also, bnp is a range. Bnp of <10 is very low but bnp of 100 is "normal" but may be too high for someone with idcm. Also, there is a lag time: the bnp can be rising when symptoms are present. Read more...