what do the medical profession look for when they test a person with the test c-reactive protien?

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    A C-reactive protein (CRP) test checks for swelling (inflammation). CRP is a protein that builds up in your blood only when there's inflammation somewhere in your body. Your doctor may order a CRP test to monitor these conditions:
    Your heart attack or coronary artery disease risk
    Inflammatory bowel disease
    Some forms of arthritis
    Pelvic inflammatory disease
    Infection following surgery

    CRP tests for heart disease
    CRP may be a risk factor for heart disease. It's thought that as coronary arteries narrow, you'll have more CRP in your blood. A CRP test can't tell your doctor exactly where the inflammation is, though, so it's possible that a high CRP level could mean there's inflammation somewhere in your body other than your heart.

    Having a CRP test to check your heart disease risk isn't a good option for everyone, however. According to the American Heart Association, a CRP test is most useful for people who have an intermediate risk (a 10 to 20 percent chance) of having a heart attack within the next 10 years. This score, called the global risk assessment, is based on lifestyle choices, family history and your current health status. People who have a low risk of having a heart attack are less likely to benefit from having a CRP test, and people who have a high risk of having a heart attack should seek treatment and preventive measures regardless of how high their CRP level is.

    thank you for your answer, its helped me alot. I do have R.A. and also AML. Never had problems with my heart. but will keep that in mind. god bless.

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