: High Sensitivity CRP, CRH, Cardiac CRP
: Particle Enhanced Turbidimetric
: <3.0 mg/L
: Light green PST (Lithium Heparin with gel) tube - 4.5 mL
: Red top tube - 5 mL
: 1 mL plasma
: 0.5 mL plasma
: Separate within one hour and store at 2-8șC until delivery
: < 3 days at 2 - 8șC; 6 months at -20șC
Reasons for Rejection
: Hemolysis; improper collection
: CRP is a non-specific inflammatory marker. Elevations of HS-CRP have been correlated with increased future cardiovascular events, primarily myocardial infarction and stroke. The concentration of HS-CRP can be used to categorize patients for their risk of future cardiovascular disease as follows:
Low risk: <1.0 mg/L
Average risk: 1.0 - 3.0 mg/L
High risk: >3.0 mg/L
Very high risk/Acute Inflammation: >1.0 mg/L
The use of HS-CRP to assess for the risk of cardiovascular disease in asymptomatic low risk (5% 10-year predicted risk) patients is not recommended. HS-CRP may be helpful in stratification of adult patients at intermediate risk (10% - 20% 10-year predicted risk) into a higher or lower risk category. If the concentration of HS-CRP is >3.0 mg/L, repeating test at least 2 weeks later in a metabolically stable state, free of infection or acute illness is recommended. The lower of the two results should be used to assess the patient's risk.
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