Cardiac C-Reactive Protein High Sensitive

A strong predictor of cardiovascular disease

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High sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP): A predictor of cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major health burden: a high proportion of patients are not classified correctly or even missed entirely for cardiovascular (CV) risk assessment

More than 60% of those who develop coronary events have only one, or even none of the traditional risk factors, and more than half have either normal or mildly increased lipid values1

European Society of Cardiology’s (ESC) guidelines on CV risk prevention use the SCORE risk charts to estimate a 10-year risk of fatal CV disease, which takes into consideration age, smoking status, systolic blood pressure and total cholesterol2

Additional factors can be added to help further improve overall risk assessment2

hsCRP has been shown to be a predictor of CVD in multiple studies
  • Large scale prospective studies in the US and Europe have consistently shown the predictive value of CRP in CVD3,4
  • High sensitive C-reactive protein has been shown to be a better predictor of the risk of cardiovascular events than low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol3,5
  • In a meta-analysis of 22 studies with an average follow-up of 12 years, the top CRP tertile showed a 58 % increased cardiac risk compared to the bottom CRP tertile6


Risk prediction models can be improved by the addition of hsCRP


  • More than 20% of all participants with intermediate risk could be reclassified with the addition of hsCRP3


The use of hsCRP in risk prediction is recommended by various guidelines


  • ESC guidelines recommend that hsCRP may be measured as part of refined risk assessment in patients with an unusual or moderate CV risk profile9
  • If risk is intermediate (10 % – 20 %) and uncertainty remains as to the use of preventive therapies such as statins or Aspirin®, then hsCRP measurement might be useful for further stratification into a higher or lower risk category10
  • The optional use of hsCRP to identify patients without known CVD who may be at higher absolute risk than estimated by major risk factors, specifically, those patients at intermediate risk (e.g., 10 % to 20 % risk of coronary heart disease over 10 years). Result can guide physicians in evaluation further diagnosis or treatment decisions11


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