What is C-reactive Protein (CRP)?
C-reactive Protein is a substance produced by the liver to heal inflammation in the body. It is one of the proteins in the body referred to as ‘acute phase reactants’. The body releases these reactants to heal the inflammation, which is the body’s way of protecting tissues in case of an injury or infection. Inflammation increases the level of C-reactive protein in the bloodstream, and the CRP test means measuring that level. The test helps in finding out the risks of heart attack, stroke, and other severe conditions caused by inflammation. However, the test does not detect where the inflammation is in the body.