Inflammation within the heart artery plays a major role in this disease process. There are numerous blood tests available to measure active inflammation within the body. CRP (C-reactive protein) is one marker of inflammation. This test is inexpensive and readily available at most local laboratories.
Numerous clinical trials have studied the significance of having an elevated CRP in patients with or at risk of cardiovascular disease. These trials have suggested that individuals with an elevated level of CRP have a higher risk of having a heart attack than individuals with normal levels of CRP.
The primary focus in the preventive cardiology clinic" is to assess each individual's risk of developing
cardiovascular disease and their risk of having heart events (such as a heart attack). The CRP test can often help us achieve this goal.
For more information about CRP blood tests and other preventive cardiology tools, call University of Colorado Health Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery at 970.221.1000 or 800.459.4241.