Dr Oz: CRP Test For Heart Disease
On today’s show, Doctor Oz spoke about Heart Disease Warning Signs and said that there is 1 simple test you can have to find out your risk of heart disease. The C-Reactive Protein (CRP) test is designed to check your blood with one prick of your finger. The key thing it measures is inflammation. Dr Oz had his entire audience take the test (he did too) and was going to give their results.
Dr Oz showed an animation of yellowish plaque easily making its way through the arteries.
As we get older, the arteries may rupture and become irritated and the body tries to heal the open wound. A scab forms and stops the blood flow. The speed at which this occurs is what worries Dr Oz.
Dr Oz brought up Robin, from the audience. He had 3 large arteries on stage. (Don’t worry, they were fake!) Dr Oz had Robin pour “blood” down the first artery. It flowed easily. The second artery contained plaque. Robin poured the “blood” down that artery and it flowed easily as well. The third artery contained inflamed plaque. Robin poured the “blood” down this artery and it got stuck.
Dr Oz: C-Reactive Protein Test Scores
Dr Oz gave the audience envelopes with their CRP numbers inside.
3 Levels of Risk:
-Less than 1-lowest risk level
-1-3 average risk
-Over 3- highest risk- You are 3X more at risk of heart disease and 4X more at risk of dying from it
Dr Oz opened his envelope and had .3, which was healthy. (Did you expect otherwise?)
Robin opened her envelope and had 4.54. (Not good!) She was stunned by the news, but Dr Oz reassured her that she could control this number. Doctor Oz says 1 in 4 has elevated CRP and that 42 percent of his tested audience had it, but the good news was that it is controllable.
If you want to know your CRP number, visit your doctor today!