Samples are collected at the point-of-care and sent to a lab. Within 3 to 5 days after lab receives the pod, results are available for download from a secure website. This pod tests hs-CRP to evaluate an individual for risk of cardiovascular disease.
Professional use only
Pods must be drop-shipped from PTS Diagnostics.
Account with CoreMedical Labs is necessary.
CoreMedical Labs will send pre-printed/bar coded requisition forms.
The PTS Pod system offers a variety of different lab-based tests. A high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) test may be used to help evaluate an individual for risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). It may be used in combination with a lipid profile or with other cardiac risk markers, such as a lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) test, to provide added information about heart disease risk.
Currently, there is no consensus on when to get tested, though some guidelines include recommendations on hs-CRP testing. For example, a guideline from the American College of Cardiology Foundations and the American Heart Association says that hs-CRP testing may be useful when men 50 years old or younger and women 60 years old or younger have intermediate risk. It also may be useful for treatment decisions when men and women are older than these respective ages and have LDL-C less than 130 mg/L and meet several other criteria, such as no existing heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or inflammatory conditions.
When hs-CRP is evaluated, it may be repeated to confirm that a person has persistent low levels of inflammation.
It is important that any person having this test be in a healthy state for the results to be of value in predicting the risk of coronary disease or heart attack. Any recent illness, tissue injury, infection, or other general inflammation will raise the amount of CRP and give a falsely elevated estimate of risk.
Women on hormone replacement therapy have been shown to have elevated hs-CRP levels.
Since the hs-CRP and CRP tests measure the same protein, people with chronic inflammation, such as those with arthritis, should not have hs-CRP levels measured. Their CRP levels will already be very high due to the arthritis, so results of the hs-CRP test will not be meaningful.
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