The Creatine Kinase test can be used to help identify muscle damage. Creatine Kinase is an enzyme whose production is increased when muscles are injured. The test is usually used to monitor injuries which have caused muscle damage or to aid in a diagnosis when someone has symptoms associated with muscle injury.
This test can be ordered when someone is experiencing chest pains to see if they may have experienced a heart attack or to monitor treatment after someone has had a heart attack.
A Creatine Kinase test is typically ordered when someone is experiencing muscle pain or weakness including chest pains. This test can help identify muscle damage but not its location or cause. This may require additional testing as prescribed by a doctor. When someone is being treated for muscle damage or heart attack, this test can be used to monitor how well they are responding to treatment.
In a case where someone is experiencing symptoms of muscle damage but is showing normal results from a Creatine Kinase test, an Aldolase blood test may be ordered as a follow up. Aldolase is also typically elevated by muscle damage.
Turnaround time for the Creatine Kinase Total test is typically 1 business day.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Creatine Kinase testing requires avoiding exercise prior to blood draw.
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