High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) measures very low
amounts of CRP in the blood. This test may help find your risk for heart problems, especially when it is considered along other risk factors such as cholesterol, age, blood pressure, and smoking. But the connection between high CRP
levels and heart disease risk is not understood very well.
Other Places To Get Help
American Heart Association (AHA)
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Visit the American Heart Association (AHA) website for information on
physical activity, diet, and various heart-related conditions. You can search for information on heart disease and stroke, share information with friends and family, and use tools to help you make heart-healthy goals and plans. Contact the AHA to find your
nearest local or state AHA group. The AHA provides brochures and information
about support groups and community programs, including Mended Hearts, a
nationwide organization whose members visit people with heart problems and
provide information and support.
Diseases that affect the blood, such as anemia,
hemochromatosis, hemophilia, thalassemia, and von Willebrand disease.
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