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Persistently elevated CRP-no symptoms
CRP is used mainly as a marker of inflammation. A level above 2.4 mg/l has been associated with an increased risk of a coronary event compared to levels below 1 mg/l. Recent research suggests that patients with elevated basal levels of CRP are at an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. A more sensitive CRP test, called a highly sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) assay, is available to determine heart disease risk.
Patients with a hs-CRP > 3.0 mg/L, are probably at a high risk for developing coronary artery disease if other risk factors are also present.
If you want to estimate your risk for heart disease, you may want to look here:
Since you seem to have an elevated hs-CRP, that does not seem to be explained by other risk factors, you should be evaluated for other problems such as autoimmune diseases, other infectious diseases or even cancer.
I personally don't like to use tests that not specific like CRP - try to figure things out on the basis of the clinical information I get from my patient, not by a "shot in the dark". You can calculate your cardiac risks here.
Hope this helps,
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