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Heart Disease and C-Reactive Protein (CRP) Testing

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What Is the Treatment for High C-Reactive Protein?

It is important for everyone to make these lifestyle changes to reduce your risk for heart disease, especially if your CRP level is intermediate or high:

  • Eating a heart-healthy diet.
  • Reducing high cholesterol levels.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Managing diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Quitting smoking or tobacco use.
  • Drinking less alcohol.

For those with an elevated CRP level, taking aspirin may provide protection from heart disease. Statins, the most commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs, may reduce CRP. Your doctor will prescribe the correct medications and dosage to treat your condition.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Thomas M. Maddox, MD on May 12, 2012
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