One test for inflammation is the C-reactive protein measurement. Some clinicians are advocating including it routinely, as another part of the cholesterol screening. One crimp in such a plan: The CRP test detects any inflammation, no matter where it is. A skinned knee, flu, arthritis and infections are common causes of elevated CRP. Getting to the root can take some time and require multiple tests.
People with a normal or slightly elevated cholesterol profile might benefit from having a CRP test done since it may suggest another risk factor for heart disease. But overall, experts suggest most people shouldn’t ask for or expect a CRP. This may change, but for now the data is unclear.