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Creatine Kinase (CK)

Also known as: Total CK; Creatine phosphokinase; CPK
Formal name: Creatine Kinase
Related tests: CK-MB; Myoglobin; Troponin; Cardiac biomarkers

 

  • Why should I do it?

To determine if you have had a heart attack or if other muscles in your body have been damaged

 

  • When should I do it?

If you have signs and symptoms of a heart attack (e.g., chest pain); if you have muscle pain or muscular weakness

 

  • What Kind of Sample is Needed?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm

 

  • Test Preparation Needed?

None