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What could be causing raised CRP levels?

Tags: blood , heart , protein

Please could you let me know what could be causing raised CRP levels?

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CRP stands for ‘C reactive protein’. When you have inflammation anywhere in your body, that area often releases protein into the bloodstream. CRP is what is known as an ‘acute phase protein’ – levels in the bloodstream rise quickly when there is inflammation going on, but also settle quickly when the inflammation is treated. ESR or Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate is another blood test used to monitor inflammation. It rises more slowly than CRP and takes longer to go back to normal.
If your ESR and other tests are normal, it may be that looking at your risk factors for heart disease (weight, diet, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, smoking etc) will reduce the impact of your CRP.

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