This is a great piece in a two-part series on cardiac care by New York Times writer Jane E. Brody. She argues that when people get their cholesterol measured they should ask to be tested for “high-sensitivity CRP.” C-reactive protein is an inflammation marker in the blood that is now considered a major catalyst for clots that inhibit blood from getting to the heart. Elevated levels of CRP may even be found in people who have normal cholesterol, so all the more reason to get checked out.
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Checking your CRP now may curb the need for CPR later