In this test, the level of a protein that is known as C-reactive protein is measured. This protein is in your blood. This protein can measure how inflamed your body is. High level of C-reactive protein can happen because of long-term diseases or infections. However, you must remember that this test cannot show you the inflamed area or the reasons for the inflammation.
It is a simple procedure where blood is drawn from your arm using the standard blood test methods. If done by a healthcare professional, then there isn't much you need to worry about. It feels like a routine blood test.
You will feel a pinch when the needle goes in. You will not feel pain, just a sharp sting.
There aren't any risks that you need to worry about. The area, where the needle was inserted might feel raw and bruised for a short while. Once in a while, the vein might swell up after the blood test. However, if you have clotting problems and the bleeding is not stopping, then speak to your doctor.
It is believed that the C-reactive Protein test is helpful in checking those who have moderate risk of heart disease. If you are at a risk of getting heart disease because of factors like a previous heart attack, high blood pressure, obesity or family history, then you might want to consider the test. We suggest you consult a doctor to know more.