Blood Protein Not Effective as Predictor of Stroke

The presence of a protein found in the blood indicates that a person is at risk for a heart attack, but is not a good way to predict the likelihood they will have a stroke. High levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker for inflammation, may indicate that a heart attack is likely, but the same doesn’t hold true when it comes to predicting the likelihood of a stroke.

Researchers followed 2,240 people in New York. All of them were over the age of 40 and stroke free. The study tracked them for eight years. During that time, participants with a CRP level higher than 3 mg/L of blood were 70 percent more likely to have a heart attack and (at a 55 percent higher risk of dying as a result) than those people who had a CRP level of 1 mg/L or less.

Heart Disease Caused by Inflammation

Doctors have identified a number of risk factors for heart disease. Being overweight, not exercising regularly and eating a high-fat diet will increase your risk. High cholesterol levels and too much sugar can also put you in danger of developing this condition.

How do these factors cause heart disease? When they are present, they cause white blood cells to invade an individual’s artery walls. As a result, the walls become inflamed. The inflammation attracts plaque (fatty substance in the blood that build up in arteries). Over time, the plaque can increase to the point where the artery is either partially or completely blocked.

When coronary arteries become blocked, the result is a heart attack. The person’s heart is deprived of blood and oxygen, which leads to the heart becoming damaged. Your doctor can order a test to check for C-Reactive Protein to determine the extent of inflammation your arteries.

Link Between Marker for Heart Disease, Cancer Found

If you have been thinking that just about everything causes cancer, the results of research conducted in Denmark would seem to support that idea. Scientists have have discovered a link between elevated levels of C-reactive protein (“CRP”), which is linked to heart disease and cancer.

Having a higher-than-normal level of CRP means that your risk of cancer is 30 percent higher than the general population. Study participants who had the highest levels of CRP were a whopping 80 percent more likely to die at a young age. CRP and inflammation are connected. While research hasn’t yet revealed whether the inflammation causes cancer or is merely a symptom, perhaps an annual physical should include testing for this protein.

That way, patients with elevated levels can have the proper follow-up care and make lifestyle changes to help them improve their overall health.

Heart Disease Marker Linked to Cancer

Researchers have found a link between the risk of heart disease and cancer. People who have elevated levels of C-reactive Protein (CRP) are 30 percent more likely to develop cancer, according to a study conducted at the University of Copenhagen. Over 10,000 participants participated in the study, which checked their CRP levels and then followed them for the next 16 years.

During the years that they were followed, 1,600 participants got cancer. The people who started the study with elevated CRP levels were 30 percent more likely to get the disorder than those who had lower ones. The study participants who got cancer and started off the study with higher-than-normal CRP levels were a whopping 80 percent more likely to die early.

Getting your CRP levels checked when you have your annual physical is a good idea, given these findings.