A Crp test is a blood test that is used to look for a protein called C-reactive protein (CRP). A CRP level can be elevated in people who have arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Elevated CRP levels are associated with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or both.
A blood test for the presence of C-reactive protein indicates inflammation or infection. The factors that influence the results include age, pregnancy, kidney disease, cancer treatment, use of antibiotics and other drugs, alcohol consumption and smoking.
A blood test is a laboratory technique used in the diagnosis of certain conditions and health risks. There are many different types of tests for specific diseases, including screening tests for conditions that can often be detected early and without any harm to the patient, sideline tests for those which require repeat testing, measures to reduce or eliminate risk factors which predispose to specific conditions, and treatments that modify or reverse the course of a disease. These tests can include taking a sample of blood from a person’s body and sending it to a laboratory for analysis.