I wanted to see if any of you had any info or thoughts on this. My cholesterol levels have been somewhat high for a while- not terrible, but high. But my HDL has also been high, so I have good ratios. My Dr. wants to do the C Reactive Protein test. As I understand it, CRP is a marker for inflammation. If your arteries are inflamed as a result of atherosclerosis, the test will be positive. In studies involving large numbers of patients, CRP levels seem to be correlated with levels of cardiovascular risk. In fact, CRP seems to predict cardiovascular risk at least as well as cholesterol levels do.
But any inflammation will cause high CRP levels. In fact, I also have some gout issues. My Dr. said the test wouldn't be valid if I recently had a gout attack, because that involves inflammation (A lot if you've never experienced it, you don't want to. It's no fun).
I believe the training effect results, in part, from the training causing microscopic damage to muscle cells, which then heal stronger. See the problem-- training causes muscle inflammation. Will or could it cause a false positive on the CRP test? How long would one have to not ride to avoid this? I may have thought of this too late. MY appointment is a week from Wednesday, so I have to do the blood draw in the next few days to have the results back. We have a group ride Tuesdays. We normally ride pretty hard. We don't kill ourselves, but it is a hard ride. Should I skip it? Or if I ride it, but take Wednesday off, can I have the test done Thursday? Any thought would be appreciated. The doc wants this test to help decide whether I should go on a statin. I'd sure hate to get this recommendation as a result of a hard ride. Thanx.