How useful is high-sensitivity CRP as a risk factor for coronary artery disease?
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Little evidence supports the use of the high-sensitivity C-reactive protein assay (hs-CRP) as a screening test for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the healthy adult population. There is significant debate about its use in populations at moderate risk for cardiovascular disease, with some evidence suggesting its use if the results of the test will alter treatment recommendations (strength of recommendation [SOR]: C, based on extrapolation of consistent level 2 studies). Research to date is inadequate to determine the role of hs-CRP in risk-stratification of patients when considered in light of other standard risk factors.
Journal of Family Practice, 54(3) 2005: 268+.