Heart & Cardiology/high CRP in blood

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Dear Doctor,

My father's blood test shows high C reactive protein count (100mg/l). He is at the age of 64.

What should we infer ? General notes in the report & internet literature makes us panic indicating a high CRP as a possible symptom of severe medical condition.whether we have to do any additional examinations?

Doctor  have prescribed general antibiotics.If the CRP doesnt reduce even after consumption of antibiotics what should we do ?

Please advise us as some say it could be related to cardiology.

regards,

Geoffrey

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Hi Babai,
CRP is used mainly as a marker of inflammation. A high level suggests that patients with elevated basal levels of CRP are at an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. It is not specific however, and I don't think it is a useful test and certainly not a reason to prescribe antibiotics! Instead, calculate his risk for heart disease:
http://www.cardiachealth.org/app/risk-assessment.php
What can be done if the risk is high:
http://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-disease-treatment/what-you-can-do
Hope this helps,
Dr T
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