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Also known as: Total CK; Creatine Phosphokinase; CPK
Formal name: Creatine Kinase

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect and monitor muscle damage; to help diagnose conditions associated with muscle damage; sometimes to help determine if you have had a heart attack, although for heart attack detection, this test has been largely replaced by troponin

When to Get Tested?

When you have muscle weakness, muscle aches, and/or dark urine and your health practitioner suspects muscle damage; sometimes to monitor for muscle injury resolution or persistence; sometimes to detect ongoing or additional heart damage after a heart attack

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None