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Elevated Cpk Levels

Creatine phosphokinase (CPK) is an enzyme found in the heart, brain and skeletal muscle. Damage to a muscle or tissue causes CPK to leak into the bloodstream, causing high levels of CPK to be revealed. Doctors must determine which form of CPK is high in order to determine the cause.

Creatine phosphokinase (CPK) is an enzyme found in the heart, brain and skeletal muscle. Damage to a muscle or tissue causes CPK to leak into the bloodstream, causing high levels of CPK to be revealed. Doctors must determine which form of CPK is high in order to determine the cause.

Test

Your nurse will draw blood and send the sample to the lab to measure the amount of CPK.

Heart Attack

Elevated CPK levels can diagnose a heart attack, which is caused by blocked blood vessels preventing oxygen from reaching the heart.

Brain Injury or Stroke

Your CPK levels can also be elevated if you have suffered a stroke, when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, which prevents oxygen and nutrients from reaching the brain.

Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis

A muscle disease causing inflammation and rash, dermatomyositis sufferers may experience difficulty swallowing, muscle weakness and soreness.  Similarly, polymyositis causes muscle weakness as well.  Both conditions can be diagnosed by determining which type of CPK is elevated.

Hypo and Hyperthyroidism

Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are conditions where the thyroid gland does not produce enough, and too much, of the thyroid hormone, respectively. Both conditions cause elevated levels of CPK.

Rhabdomyolysis

When your muscle fibers breakdown, myoglobin is leaked into the bloodstream, causing damage to the kidney and elevated CPK levels.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003503.htm

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