Inflammatory Marker Test
What is an Inflammatory Marker Test?
An inflammatory marker test is used to measure inflammation of the arteries. Inflammation is the body’s response to injury or infection. It can be classified as either acute or chronic. Acute inflammation results in the healing of the tissue when the injury or infection is removed. Symptoms include: redness, swelling, heat, pain and stiffness in the affected area. Chronic inflammation is a continuous process for example tissue breakdown and repair attempts that often results in scarring and tissue destruction. Chronic inflammation can arise after bacterial infection or as a result of an autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. In autoimmune diseases, the inflammatory response is triggered when there are no stimuli and the immune system attacks itself. The test to screen for inflammatory markers would be the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP) and plasma viscosity (PV) blood tests.
How can you get internal inflammation?
When plaque gathers in the arteries, these arteries tend to become inflamed. If you have inflammation in a part of your body then extra protein is often released from the site of inflammation and circulates in the bloodstream. There are also other factors that need to be taken into consideration when considering what can cause internal inflammation. For example, overweight/obese men have more white blood cells than men of the same age that are not overweight/obese.Raised white blood cell levels are markers which are linked to a higher risk of developing various illnesses, including coronary heart disease.
Is inflammation dangerous?
Essentially, yes. Inflammation is the pre-cursor to many diseases such as dementia. Its presence can highlight a potential problem before the full disease process is underway. Thus meaning it is best to be tested as quickly as possible to prevent and /or treat the condition at a very early stage.
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