C-Reactive Protein or CRP is a marker for inflammation. CRP is a protein produced by the liver, the circulating concentration of which rises acutely and rapidly in a cytokine-mediated response to most forms of tissue injury, infection and inflammation. CRP may activate the classical complement pathway and stimulate tissue-factor production; a key protein involved in blood coagulation. This in turn may contribute to the pathogenesis of coronary heart disease over time at CRP levels that were previously considered normal.
RISK FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE
|Smoking or exposure to environmental tobacco smoke
||Age older than 50 years
||Family history of heart disease
|High cholesterol or abnormal blood lipids
||Race (African Americans, American Indians, Mexican Americans)
|Poorly controlled stress and anger
|Diet (sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, refined sugar)
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