Cardiovascular Inflammation: Why Not Just Do a CRP Test?

Cardiovascular Inflammation: Why Not Just Do a CRP Test?

If you’ve just seen 1% of the
videos on this channel, you know what we’re talking about here. With the “secret
killer,” cardiovascular inflammation, it’s the… it’s the big deal. We’ve also talked
about how the standards committees in medicine are still struggling on how to
make that happen. But we’ve also talked about, you know, is
there a way that we can go ahead and make that happen for ourselves, how do we do things.
Actually, it’s one thing to talk about the theory of cardiovascular
inflammation, it’s another thing to actually just find out “Do I have it?” This is my test, one of the routine tests
that I’ve had. I’ve not had much cardiovascular inflammation. Again, I
managed my lifestyle with a good bit of discipline. We look at myeloperoxidase,
PLAC2… some enzymes, they’re actors in the inflammation story. We look at
C reactive protein which is what most docs look at when they look at at this
issue. And we look at the functional piece: Is the intima actually leaking
protein or could it be leaking cholesterol? Why don’t we just look at C-reactive protein like a lot of docs do? Well, here’s a great example. This is the
value that I had two weeks before the Louisville conference, just a couple of
months ago. And as you see here, my C-reactive protein number was over 10.
I’ve never had that kind of number. It’s always been below 1. Why did that happen?
I had a cold a sore throat. It was a bad one, but yes, I had a sore throat. Now,
could that really do that? Of course, it can. In fact, we know this… it’s been known
for a long time that C-reactive protein especially can can react to cold, even a
flu shot. There’s tons of studies that have been
done looking at elevation of C-reactive protein after just a flu shot. In some studies, 2/3 of people have elevation, just 2 days
later after a flu shot. And guess what? Cholesterol values can go up. So
it’s not a simple easy picture. So this can sometimes be challenging and get
into some technical issues. First of all, it’s not just what is cardiovascular
inflammation. Can we test it for ourselves? How do we interpret it? CHL
(Cleveland Heart Labs) and Quest just don’t offer it direct to consumer
anymore. We’re helping… we’re getting inflammation testing – OGGT to insulin
survey and small group interpretations – all in the webinar. So the webinar
has a lot of value, and it’s not inherent in the name.
About just using the term, the webinar doesn’t imply the testing that goes
along with it. So again, don’t guess, test if you have prediabetes. You’re very
likely to be going through cycles of inflammation, burning up that glycocalyx.
So how do you know without getting the screening test? Again, give us a call. We
can help or just go click on the button on our website. It says webinar. We all
want to have clean arteries. Let’s see if we can get back to those clean arteries
and back to that healthy glycocalyx. Thank you very much for your interest. Did you want to go to the intense
experience in Louisville but just didn’t have that kind of money or time?
Take a look. We’ve got another one coming up in Orlando, February 28th. There’s a
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11 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I'm glad that you talked about the variability of the CRP and cholesterol test values. There is an engineer named Dave Feldman who has demonstrated that people can swing their cholesterol numbers 50-100 points depending on what they eat and how long they fast. It's clear that we can't rely on one test at one time.

  2. That is why just one CRP test isn't enough. As you said, CRP fluctuates over time depending on what is going on in our body. In addition there are other tests that help to know more about what is going on with our inflammation level. Thanks Dr. Brewer for another important video.

  3. First I want to thank you Dr. Brewer for all your great information and guidance you provide. My most recent CRP test score was 21. I started to freak out. But after watching this and other of your video’s I’m a little less worried, but still concerned. I do have server arthritis in my left hip and gout in my right foot that I’m hoping is contributing to my CRP score. I’m 57 years old and a BMI of 47. Current weight is 355. I started a low carb diet Jan 2019 and have drop close to 150 lbs. I’m pretty sure I have some damage in my cardiovascular system. I did arrange on my own a OGTT and the numbers were good. I asked my doctor of a fasting insulin test but was told I don’t need it because my fasting sugar and A1C numbers of always been ok. I’ll be working on getting my insulin tested on my own.

  4. It's winter, and though I use Nevea etc., wear cotton gloves at night atop creamed hands, one knuckle on one finger persists in looking slightly inflamed. Is this kind of inflammation able to elevate my HSCRP number?? Otherwise, I'm healthy as a kid. (Age 66)

  5. I've become painfully aware of the limitations of the CRP test. I tested at 0.7 (very good) at the same time substantial arterial inflammation and artery calcification was occurring. In spite of rapid development of artery deposits, the microalbumin/creatinine ratio wasn't showing much of a problem either. But the Lp-PLA2 tests and the cardiac coronary artery scans were both showing a big issue. It might turn out to be that damage to the glycocalyx has been largely blocked in spite of all the arterial deposits that have formed. But that is just a guess at this point.

  6. The CAC Test is essentially an inflammation test. If your arteries are inflamed near the heart then you are probably inflamed in other areas (i.e. the most vulnerable organs)

  7. One of the most crucial biomarker tests that most doctors don't use on their patients. I wish I knew about it before my mom passed away. She could be saved long back. Being unaware of medical science and technology is a curse !

    Thank you Dr. Brewer for coming up with this video. You're actually receiving countless blessings from your supporters world over for your contribution to educate people and help us know about health in the most comprehensive yet simplistic way by letting us know the facts and research in just some minutes of span.

    I wish you do a video on kidney health and how it relates to heart health in the days to come. Thank you.

    Also, do a video on Metformin being studied for carcinogenic substances recently. Many people are on it as drug for longevity including Dr. Sinclair.

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