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How does C-reactive protein affect a woman’s heart disease risk?

Studies have suggested that C-reactive protein (CRP), a protein in the blood that indicates inflammation in the body, may indicate greater risk of heart disease. Evidence suggests that CRP may be a stronger marker of heart disease in women than in men. CRP levels can be monitored through a simple blood test. Ask your doctor if you should have this test.

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