Heart Health And An Important Blood Test

heart-healthWe all know by now that during your yearly physical we get our cholesterol checked, our blood pressure and maybe even an Echo Cardiogram (EKG).  But what about your CRP?

CRP stands for C-reactive protein and its an important indicator of inflammation within the body which can contribute to many serious problems.  Over time, chronic inflammation damages healthy tissues and accelerates the buildup of plaque in the arteries.

People with a high CRP are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack as those people with low levels.  Testing for CRP is the most important heart disease risk factor for men and women over the age of 50, even more directive than measuring your cholesterol, blood pressure and family history.

Ask for this simple blood test at your next doctor’s visit.  Not only is it important to knowing your heart health, but elevated levels are even known to cause strokes, diabetes, colon cancer, arthritis, and even poor brain function.

RESULT LEVELS AND WHAT THEY MEAN:

  • Below 1 Milligram Per Liter: Low Risk of heart disease
  • 1 — 3 Milligrams Per Liter: Average Risk
  • 3 Milligrams Per Liter and Above: High Risk — About 25% of Americans fall into this category;
  • 10 Milligrams Per Liter: Experts say this number would be extremely high and result from a passing infection like even the flu, so wait 6 weeks after a virus or flu to check your blood

If you find your test result to be any more than the lowest reading of 1 milligram or below, then its time to take dietary action!  Follow an anti-inflammatory diet and start exercising at least 20 minutes/6 days weekly.

Courtesy of The Nutrition Advisor Blog.

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