High-sensitivity C-reactive Protein (hs-CRP)

High-sensitivity C-reactive Protein (hs-CRP)

What is hs-CRP?

High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) is a marker of inflammation produced by the body when blood-vessel walls are inflamed. and that predicts incident myocardial infarction, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, and sudden cardiac death among healthy individuals with no history of cardiovascular disease, and recurrent events and death in patients with acute or stable coronary syndromes.

hsCRP confers additional prognostic value at all levels of cholesterol, Framingham coronary risk score, severity of the metabolic syndrome, and blood pressure, and in those with and without subclinical atherosclerosis


Biomarker of Cardiovascular Disease risk

In recent year hs-CRP has been consider as a biomarker of cardiovascular disease risk.


What is the difference between CRP and hs-CRP?

hs-CRP in the “hs” abbreviation for “high sensitivity.”

Traditionally, CRP, or C-reactive protein, is measured down to concentrations of 3 to 5 mg/L; hs-CRP is measured down to concentrations of approximately 0.3 mg/L. This improved sensitivity allows hs-CRP to be used to detect low levels of chronic inflammation.

High-sensitivity C-reactive Protein (hs-CRP)

Also Known As:

  • hsCRP
  • Cardiac CRP
  • CRP for heart disease

CRP Test Sample Type, Quantity, Storage & Timing

Primary Sample Blood
Sample Quantity 2.0 ml
Storage Refrigerator
Test Timing 2 hrs


CRP Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have underlying medical conditions, or have any allergies before your CRP test.


The patients don't need any special preparations required for the CRP test.


Fasting is not required before the sample collection for the CRP test.


Are there any risks to the CRP Test?

There is very little risk including oozing at the draw site, bruising or mild tenderness at the site, to having a blood test.


You may have a slight bruise or pain at the spot where the needle was put in, but most symptoms go away very quickly.


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