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Rudy
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   Posted 4/4/2005 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
This is probably somewhere among the various subjects-sorry if I'm creating redundancy.

My wife has been through all the heart tests and all are within normal limits, except that her CRP readings continue to be high. The doctor is using Lipitor to try and lower/control this reading. She is a regular exerciser and has a healthy diet. Since the test is non-specific, it is not a sure sign of potential heart problems, but the potential is there. Anyone else having high readings from this test?

Rudy

Teri16
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   Posted 4/4/2005 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rudy and Welcome Back!! tongue
 
I personally am unaware of ever having an increased CRP myself, but recently had the test ordered and it wasn't done...that's a whole other story.
 
However the CRP, or c-reactive protein is a protein that's produced by the liver and is only present when a person is having some form of acute inflammation.
 
I did a bit of research on this and found that "the most important role of CRP is it's interaction with the "complement" system, which is one of the body's immunologic defense mechanisms."
 
I hope this gives you something to start with in your discussions with your wife's Dr.  And to aid in this, I've cited below 2  most reliable sources for you to look at...I'm hoping this helps a little and please wish your wife only the very best~I really hope they get to the bottom of this quickly and please keep us updated! 
 
Good Luck and Big Texas Hugs, Teri tongue
 
PS  Does your wife have any history of Heart Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis?  These are only a couple of  things that can be making this CRP level go up~there are others.
 
 
 
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Rudy
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   Posted 4/4/2005 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Teri. No history of heart disease or rheumatoid arthritis. In my case, when the CRP reading jumps a wee bit, and the doctor advises me I just respond 'tendonitis, infected tooth, non-specific immune system glitch' and he leaves me alone. I can understand if the inflammation is in the arteries and plaque builds up around it that one should be concerned.

But the body is always fighting off something so I'm not sure the CRP level is ever going to be static or constantly low.

I'll look at those sites you sent.

Thanks

Rudy

Teri16
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   Posted 4/4/2005 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Please let me know if you come up with something, Rudy! I'll keep looking as well...but my understanding is that it is Not normal to have any CRP levels in the blood.

Hugs, Teri
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Teri16
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   Posted 4/4/2005 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rudy!
 
I also found where they say an increase in CRP can be a predictor in Diabetes.
 
Beyond MI Risk Assessment: Cardio CRP and Diabetes
Elevated Cardio CRP found to be a powerful independent risk determinant in the prediction of incident diabetes8"

Teri
 
 
 


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Post Edited (Teri16) : 4/4/2005 9:29:42 PM (GMT-6)


bc2
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   Posted 4/5/2005 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
what is c reaction protein?
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Teri16
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   Posted 4/5/2005 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BC!!
 
CRP, or  "C-reactive protein is a test that measures the concentration of a protein in serum that indicates acute inflammation."
 
It's a test that they can do by drawing blood and it shows whether you have an active inflammation in your body.
 
Teri tongue
 
Source:  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003356.htm
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Teri16
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   Posted 4/5/2005 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
PS...
That's a test that's given to check heart patients, at least they give me one like once a year or so! :) Teri
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Teri16
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   Posted 4/27/2005 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Rudy! tongue

I just wanted to recheck to see if your wife's Dr.'s had come up with anything since you were last here and we were discussing  reasons for an increase in C Reactive Protein, or CRP?!

Hoping all is well?!

Hugs, Teri tongue


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