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The blood sample is taken from a vein in your arm. An elastic band is wrapped
around your upper arm. It may feel tight. You may feel nothing at all from the
needle, or you may feel a quick sting or pinch.

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There is very little chance of a problem from having blood sample taken from a
You may get a small bruise at the site. You can lower the chance of bruising
by keeping pressure on the site for several minutes.
In rare cases, the vein may become swollen after the blood sample is taken.
This problem is called phlebitis. A warm compress can be used several times a
day to treat this.

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Ongoing bleeding can be a problem for people with bleeding disorders. Aspirin,
warfarin (such as Coumadin), and other blood-thinning medicines can make
bleeding more likely. If you have bleeding or clotting problems, or if you take
blood-thinning medicine, tell your doctor before your blood sample is taken.

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A C-reactive protein (CRP) test is a blood test that measures the amount of a
protein called C-reactive protein in your blood.
The normal values listed here-called a reference range-are just a guide. These
ranges vary from lab to lab, and your lab may have a different range for what?s
normal. Your lab report should contain the range your lab uses. Also, your doctor
will evaluate your results based on your health and other factors. This means that
a value that falls outside the normal values listed here may still be normal for you
or your lab.
Results are usually available within 24 hours.
C-reactive protein (CRP)

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0-1.0 mg/dL or less than 10 mg/L (SI units)

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Any condition that results in sudden or severe inflammation may increase your
CRP levels.

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Some medicines may decrease your CRP levels.
High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels
The hs-CRP test measures your risk for heart problems. It may be done to find
out if you have an increased chance of having a sudden heart problem, such as a
heart attack. But the connection between high CRP levels and heart attack risk is
not very well-understood.
High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels
Less than 1.0 mg/L

Lowest risk

1.0 to 3.0 mg/L

Average risk

More than 3.0 mg/L

Highest risk

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Many conditions can change CRP levels. Your doctor will talk with you about any
abnormal results that may be related to your symptoms and past health.

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What Affects the Test

You may not be able to have the test or the results may not be helpful if:
You have just exercised.
You have an infection.
You have an intrauterine device (IUD) in place.
You are pregnant.

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