Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

CRP and Cardio Risk

Tuesday, 11 October 2011 09:19 AM

Question: My test result for inflammation came back a little high (CRP of .38). What can I do?
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

CRP is an indicator of inflammation and cardiac risk, but its results alone will not tell you whether or not you need further investigation. Elevated CRP should be interpreted with your other cardiac and vascular risk factors with the help of your medical doctor, since other conditions will also elevate the CRP.

Specific risk factors for vascular disease need to be addressed regardless of your CRP value. To reduce your risk factors for disease:

1) Stop smoking.
2) Exercise regularly at least two to three times weekly.
3) Control elevated blood pressure to as close to 120/80 as possible.
4) Control associated conditions known to cause premature arterial disease such as diabetes.
5) Manage weight by sensible, high-fiber, high-vegetable, low animal-fat diet, and aerobic conditioning.
6) Optimize HDL, LDL, and triglyceride levels.
7) Consider omega-3 supplementation with cold water fish oil to improve risk, as well other supplementation advised by your physician.

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