CRP

13 Nov: “C-reactive protein”: soon, the world will know your name

Yeah, I know: you’ve never heard of “C-reactive protein” (CRP) as an indicator of heart disease, just like you’d never heard of restless leg syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome or a host of other ailments before they were heralded in pharmaceutical company commercials 24-7. But soon, you’ll know all about C-reactive protein — and why if your CRP levels are high, you need to take Crestor. Crestor is a statin prescribed to people with high cholesterol levels. But now a new study (funded by the maker of Crestor) says the drug is also therapeutic for patients whose cholesterol isn’t high, but who have high levels of C-reactive protein, which indicates inflammation in the body. The study says Crestor can reduce the…