SIGNIFICANCE OF HS-CRP TEST. HOW CAN AYURVEDA HELP?
Despite prevalence of traditional Cardiovascular risk factors, affordable therapies, substantial differences in cultures, ethnicities, habits, the heart diseases remain the major cause of death in developing and developed countries. Research conducted for “high-sensitivity C-reactive protein” describes differences in cardiovascular mortality in combination with epidemiology, prevalence, race, gender, and ethnicity. In this article we will put light on Introduction of hs-CRP test, Procedure of hs-CRP test, Indications of hs-CRP test, When hs-CRP test is required?, Ayurveda and hs-CRP, Herbal remedies for hs-CRP and Heart disease at Planet Ayurveda and Conclusion.
INTRODUCTION OF HS-CRP TEST
HS-CRP appears to be one of the best ways to identify people at risk of Cardiovascular Diseases, independent of their epidemiology, prevalence, race, gender, and ethnicity. Studies have shown that a single elevated hs-CRP level may predict a Myocardial Infarction, Stroke, Peripheral Vascular Disease, and sudden cardiac death. Coronary artery disease is a leading cause of global death and disability and hs-CRP is considered a valuable predictor of CHD. C – reactive protein is made by the liver and is involved in the activation of complement, enhancement of phagocytosis, and detoxification of substances released from damaged tissue that circulates in the blood, and its level increases when there is inflammation in the body and is known as an “acute phase reactant”. The increase of LDL in the body causes a coating in arterial walls and also damages them which causes inflammation and the body tries to heal by sending a response team of proteins of which CRP is a component. A simple blood test can detect CRP levels in your body.
A HS-CRP is more sensitive than a standard CRP test and can detect smaller increases of CRP in the body and can be used in combination with other tests such as lipid panel or other cardiac markers to provide added information about the risk of cardiovascular disease.
This Test is an Immunoturbidimetric Assay with Two Ranges
- Serum – 0.25-20 mg/L
- Whole blood – 0.50-20 mg/L
The Test Duration takes about 3 minutes for serum and 4 minutes for Whole Blood
Here are What the Result means
- hs-CRP < 1.0mg/L – low risk of CVD,
- hs-CRP = 1.0mg/L – moderate risk of CVD
- hs-CRP > 1.0mg/L – high risk of CVD.
THE PROCEDURE OF THE HS-CRP TEST
HS-CRP test is Performed at a Healthcare Facility and the Following Steps are Faaollowed
- At first, the vein will be located in the patient’s arm and blood will be drawn by a healthcare professional.
- An alcohol wipe will be used to clean the site of drawing blood.
- Tourniquet will be placed on the upper arm making the vein more visible and easily accessible.
- Blood will be drawn by the syringe after being placed in a vein and the blood sample tube will be connected to the needle and the sample will be collected.
- Tourniquet and needle will be removed and a cotton swab will be applied to stop any further blood loss.
- The results of this test will be available after a few days of sample collection.
CRP levels can vary and therefore it is necessary to check CRP twice (two weeks apart) to confirm the risk.
INDICATIONS OF THE HS-CRP TEST
HS-CRP test can be advised to
- Bacterial or viral infections
- In diagnosis of chronic inflammatory diseases
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Heart disease risks
- Second heart attack risks
Generally, experts recommend that this test should be used if the patient is at risk of developing heart disease in the coming 10 years.
WHEN HS-CRP TEST IS REQUIRED?
Individuals with very high CRP often have symptoms of acute infection and require hs-CRP test. These include
- High fever
- Rapid heart rate
- Uncontrollable sweating chills or shaking
- Difficulty in breathing
- Rash or hives
- Parched lips, mouth, and skin
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Severe headache, body pain, stiffness, or soreness
- Loss of consciousness
Some people with high CRP may have few or no symptoms, especially in the early stage of heart disease.
There are certain other conditions under which the interpretation of levels of CRP can become difficult. These include
- Sedentary life
- Minor injuries or infections can conceal IBD or Diabetes.
- Chronic Diseases
- Oestrogen supplements
- Taking Statins
AYURVEDA AND HS-CRP
HS-CRP is a test advised in modern medicine whereas in Ayurveda diagnosis of heart disease can be made by trividha pariksha which includes darshan (inspection) which includes observing the patient, sparsh (palpitation) and prashna (history taking).
Dyslipidemia, inflammation, and immunity play important roles in CVD. Arogyavardhini Vati and Arjuna Powder have been used to treat heart diseases for ages.
A study was made at CGHS Ayurvedic Hospital, New Delhi in which Arjuna Powder (5g, BD) was prescribed for 3 weeks and then Arogyavardhini vati (500mg, BD) for 4 weeks and fall in CRP levels along with total cholesterol, LDL, TGL, and blood glucose were noted.
HERBAL REMEDIES FOR HS-CRP AND HEART DISEASE AT PLANET AYURVEDA
Planet Ayurveda has been providing 100% pure and chemical free and prepared following strict Ayurvedic principles from the last 20 years. All the medicines are GMP certified and are made from the best quality of herbs with ancient time tested formulas and enriched with wisdom from ages. Heart care pack with the best quality herbs prepared by experts at Planet Ayurveda is available to treat heart ailments and reduce hs-CRP levels. It is 100% pure and chemical-free and prepared following strict Ayurvedic principles. It includes:
1. Arjuna Capsules
Arjuna Capsules prepared from Terminalia arjuna belong to the Combretaceae family and its bark and decoction are used in cases of Hypertension, Dyslipidemia, Angina pain, and Congestive Heart failure. The bark is having Astringent, expectorant, demulcent, styptic, cardiotonic, and antidysenteric properties and is used to cure Anaemia, ulcers, fractures, cardiomyopathies, diabetes, and Leucorrhea.
Dose – 1 capsule twice daily with plain water, after meals.
2. Arjun Tea
Arjun Tea Contains Terminalia arjuna, Boerhavia diffusa classified as “Rasayana” that helps in relaxing the muscles of the heart and Cinnamomum zeylancia acts as an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, antimutagenic, anti-tyrosinase, and anti-diabetic.
Dose: – 1 cup daily.
3. Total heart Support
This herbal medicine is a combination of Terminalia arjuna as a major component of total heart support Withania Somnifera or Ashwagandha also known as “Indian winter cherry” or “Indian Ginseng” and Bacopa monnieri. It reduces Cortisol levels in the body and thereby lowering the risk of heart diseases.
Dose – 2 Capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals.
4. Gotu Kola Capsules
This is a capsules preparation which includes Gotukola (Centella asiatica or Mandukaparni) as its main ingredient. This herb is of the Parsley family. It decreases swelling and BP.
Dose – 1 Capsule twice daily with plain water, after meals.
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Doctors use the hs-CRP test to diagnose the risk of cardiovascular disease. The treatment for elevated CRP will be dependent on the cause. Adequate follow-up duration is required to rule out risk cut-off values for CVD in the Indian population. Following a healthy lifestyle and taking proper treatment can reduce the risk of developing cardiac diseases.
In case of any query related to your doubts, you can always connect with our experts at Planet Ayurveda.