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What does a high sensitivity C-reactive protein as per the attached reports indicate?

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Posted on Mon, 15 Oct 2018
Question: hi, I just did a routine health check-up for my mother. I observed following in the report: Test: High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (HS-CRP) Technology: Immunoturbidimetry value: 42.1 mg/L Reference range: Adult: <=3.0 mg/L This is very high.. & I come to know that, its related to heart desease. she already have high BP & diabetes. can you suggest what should be my next step.. or can suggest good cardiologist in Bengalore.
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Answered by Dr. Vaishalee Punj (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:

CRP is high but non-specific

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

In the presence of diabetes and hypertension, high CRP can mean an increased risk of a heart problem. It's not a very high CRP. It can just mean inflammation somewhere in the body. Therefore it's not specific for one medical condition.

Along with lifestyle measures can be taken like reducing milk products, lowering salt intake, lowering sugary foods and juices.

Best is to exercise daily for at least 30 min a day. In her age at least walk and yoga should be done. Aerobic exercises are best.

She can stay followup every 6 months to 1 year with any cardiologist that is near the house.

She can go for ECG every 2-3 years or if there is chest pain under cardiologists guidance.

Hope her BP and sugar level is being measured regularly and is in control.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Vaishalee Punj, General & Family Physician
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What does a high sensitivity C-reactive protein as per the attached reports indicate?

Brief Answer: CRP is high but non-specific Detailed Answer: Hi, In the presence of diabetes and hypertension, high CRP can mean an increased risk of a heart problem. It's not a very high CRP. It can just mean inflammation somewhere in the body. Therefore it's not specific for one medical condition. Along with lifestyle measures can be taken like reducing milk products, lowering salt intake, lowering sugary foods and juices. Best is to exercise daily for at least 30 min a day. In her age at least walk and yoga should be done. Aerobic exercises are best. She can stay followup every 6 months to 1 year with any cardiologist that is near the house. She can go for ECG every 2-3 years or if there is chest pain under cardiologists guidance. Hope her BP and sugar level is being measured regularly and is in control. Hope I have answered your query. Take care Regards, Dr Vaishalee Punj, General & Family Physician