In otherwise healthy people a highly sensitive C-reactive protein can be used to help screen for heart disease.
A test for C-reactive protein was 0.6, putting him in the lowest risk category.
Obese people have higher levels of two proteins related to inflammation, C-reactive protein and interleukin-6.
One of these, C-reactive protein, is a measure of inflammation.
Unlike cholesterol and high blood pressure, C-reactive protein is not thought to play a direct role in causing heart disease.
C-reactive protein can be measured by a simple, inexpensive blood test.
Researchers also think that obesity and diabetes may be tied to high levels of C-reactive protein.
Q. How is C-reactive protein different from other risk factors like cholesterol?
A high level of C-reactive protein is also a risk factor for heart disease.
He is best known for the discovery of C-reactive protein and the streptokinase.