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What causes CRP to be elevated and what can be done to decrease it?

My CRP index has been elevated for several years now. My cardiologist provided me with the information but did not explain the factors that contributed to the elevation nor did he explain how to quickly decrease it. Please explain the process that causes it to elevate and provide solutions on how to decrease and control it. 

submitted by Jean from Katy, Texas on 7/17/2013

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, James T. Willerson, MD    

James T. Willerson, MDInflammation generally is the cause of CRP elevation [C-reactive protein] so CRP levels are elevated with infections, local or systemic, and with injury to organs, such as a heart attacks and with cancers. Reducing the CRP  levels occurs best by reducing the bad cholesterol (LDL) to values well below 100 by a statin medication, diet and exercise. They are also reduced by weight loss, and often by aspirin. If possible, try to determine the cause of the elevated CRP. Next, if your LDL is elevated, every effort should be made to lower it. If you are overweight, every effort should be made to lose weight. If you wish to come and see me at the Texas Heart Institute, I will be glad to see you. Thank you.    

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