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The Creatine Kinase-MB is an isoenzyme that is primarily found in your heart muscles and also your skeletal muscles. A small amount of CK might be present in your blood in the form of CK-MM, another isoenzyme type.

If any muscle cells experience damage, they release CK-MB into the bloodstream. In most cases, the CK-MB release is linked to heart muscle damage and heart attacks. Heart complications like these lead to an increase in the CK-MB levels in your body. Likewise, excessive concentration of this enzyme can indicate the presence of heart and skeletal issues.

So, if you are experiencing symptoms similar to a heart attack or stroke, you might need to analyze your CK-MB levels. Some of the signs and symptoms that you might observe can include:

  • Breathing difficulties 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Fatigue 
  • Sudden sweating 
  • Muscle pain and cramps 
  • Muscular weakness 
  • Chest pain and a squeezing sensation 
  • Pain in the left arm, back, and neck

There are many patients who might suffer from these symptoms, but only few of them are diagnosed with cardiac problems. Some of them may undergo a medical examination called Cardiac troponin. But, it might be difficult for the healthcare professional to distinguish between skeletal and cardiac issues.

As the heart and skeletal muscle problems might have some overlapping symptoms, doctors focus on the CK-MB levels for proper analysis. In this regard, they conduct the CK-MB Serum Test to understand the exact cause of the muscle damage.

The CK-MB Serum Test aids doctors in examining your symptoms and associated ailments. They will utilize the test to determine if you have suffered from a heart attack. Moreover, the medical procedure is also beneficial in understanding possible heart damage and the chances of another heart attack.

Patients already undergoing treatment for cardiac ailments might be recommended the CK-MB Serum Test as a follow-up examination. It enables the doctor to study the CK-MB levels and implement the necessary heart attack treatment procedures.

Further, the doctor might also infer if you are experiencing any other complications due to the fluctuating CK-MB levels. If you are suffering from symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath, the CK-MB Serum Test will aid your diagnosis.

The test can also be ordered by your doctor if the Cardiac troponin test is unavailable. The enzyme levels can be identified after 3 to 6 hours of someone suffering from a heart attack. Moreover, the test will help doctors understand when a second heart attack might occur. Accordingly, they will prepare the heart attack treatment process or prescribe medicines to prevent an attack.

The CK-MB Serum Test results might assist the doctor in understanding if the current treatment process is effective. Based on the analysis, he/she may modify your medicines and diet and recommend other drugs.

To receive effective results for the CK-MB Serum Test, you need to take it at a reliable medical facility. Apollo 24|7 is an excellent option for the test due to its high-quality medical services.    

faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The CK-MB Serum Test will be conducted like a standard blood test. Here, the doctor or nurse will collect your blood sample and send it to the lab for analysis. Based on the CK-MB Serum Test results, the doctor will confirm if you have suffered a heart attack.
If you have experienced a heart attack or observed extreme chest pain, the doctor might recommend this test. As the CK-MB levels after 12 to 24 hours of the attack, the doctor might not delay recommending the CK-MB Serum Test.
The CK-MB Serum Test results might differ based on your sex, age and medical history. However, high CK-MB Serum levels indicate that you might have had a heart attack. It can also mean that your heart was damaged during the attack. Doctors might also determine heart diseases like Myocarditis and Pericarditis through the test.
To prepare for the test, inform your doctor about the medicines and health supplements you are currently consuming. Talk about your diet to know which foods you must avoid for the test.
No, chest pains do not necessarily indicate a heart attack. You might experience angina, which is heart pain caused due to severe stress and strenuous exercise. If the pain lingers for a long time, seek immediate medical assistance.
Consuming certain drugs, smoking tobacco, cocaine and strenuous workouts can affect the CK-MB Serum Test results. Moreover, alcohol might hamper the results. So, consult your doctor about the precautions for proper heart attack treatment and diagnosis.

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The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results