The benefits of getting a high sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP, HS) test include:
Screening for inflammation: The test can detect low levels of inflammation that may not be apparent through other tests. Inflammation can be a sign of several underlying conditions, including infections, autoimmune diseases, and certain types of cancer.
Assessing cardiovascular disease risk: Elevated CRP levels have been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The test can help identify individuals who may benefit from more aggressive preventive measures.
Monitoring disease activity: In individuals with certain autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the CRP level can be used to monitor disease activity and treatment response.
Evaluating infections: The test can be used to identify infections, particularly bacterial infections, and to monitor response to treatment.
Monitoring surgical recovery: The test can be used to monitor postoperative recovery and to detect infections or complications.