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Test Code SQ HSCRP, EPIC LAB150 C-Reactive Protein for Cardiac Risk, Plasma


Particle Enhanced immunoturbidimetric
This test is recommended for cardiovascular risk assessment. If assessment of inflammatory disease, post-operative infections, or to monitor inflammatory processes see #SQ ICRP, EPIC LAB2392 C-Reactive Protein for Infection, Plasma.
This test is useful for assessment of risk of developing myocardial infarction in patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes and of risk of developing cardiovascular disease or ischemic events in individuals who do not manifest disease at present.

Performing Laboratory

Meriter Laboratories

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type:

Preferred: Plasma

Acceptable: Serum

Container/Tube: Light-green top (lithium heparin gel)

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Specimen Transport Temperature


Reference Values

<1.0 mg/L: low cardiovascular disease risk

1.0-3.0 mg/L: moderate cardiovascular disease risk

>3.0 mg/L: high cardiovascular disease risk


Note: Patients treated with carboxypenicillins (ticarcillin, a.k.a. Timentin) may have significantly decreased CRP values.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Specimen Requirements Additional Information

Specimen Stability:

Plasma is stable at ambient temperature (15o C-25o C) for 7 days, refrigerated (2o C-8o C) for 7 days, and frozen (≤-20oC) 3 years.

Test Classification and CPT Coding