Enzyme test or a CPK test : What is it ?


When you go to the hospital after a chest pain your doctor might request an enzyme test or a CPK test. But what is this? Did you ever think about it?
OK now I am going to tell you more about it. You don't need to have huge medical knowledge to understand this article. So don't worry. All these are enzyme based diagnostic tests designed to identify a certain disease condition. As you know the human body is made up of billions of cells. Each and every cell is a fluid filled bag. Plasma membrane serves as the boundary of this bag. As long as it is healthy it keeps everything with inside the cell without allowing escaping. With in these cells there are enzymes. Enzymes are proteins which catalyze various biochemical reactions. But when the cell is injured these enzymes come out. Then these enzymes diffuse through the extra cellular space and contaminate the blood. So when a blood sample is taken this elevated cellular enzyme levels can be detected. As certain enzymes are specific for certain organs the doctors can detect the affected organ. Eg: The heart. Now you can understand. When you have a chest pain they suspect a heart attack. To diagnose whether it is a heart attack or some other condition they request a CPK test. If it is a heart attack CPK test is life saving. Remember CPK is a very important cardiac enzyme in diagnosing.

E.g.: C.P.K- Heart muscle

3 comments:

vincent said...

Hello
My wife was hospitalized on April 30
because see fell over in the toilet while dozing on the bowl. She called to me for help, she could not use her legs to get up. I went into the bathroom, and tried to lift her.I was able to get her almost standing, she just had to straighten her legs, but she could not. I needed a neighbor to help me get her into the car for the trip to the emergency room. After 5 days, two cat brain scans and a chest ex-ray, followed by a spine MRI, the only thing that was discovered was her CPK enzyme level was 4,400. not the normal 50-250 level. She has for the past 20 years, Fibromyalgia, diagnosed by the Mayo clinic in the 1990's.
She has been taken for years,
the following medications.
Oxycoden HCL ER 40MG 4 x a day
Gabapetin tabs 800mg 1 x day
Methylphenidate HCL 10MG 1 x day
Clonazepam tabs 2MG 1 x day
Aricept tabs 10 MG 1 x day
Oxycondone HCL 5 MG 1x if needed
could all the above contribute to
the high CPK levels?
Vincea51@gmail.com

vincent said...

Hello
My wife was hospitalized on April 30
because see fell over in the toilet while dozing on the bowl. She called to me for help, she could not use her legs to get up. I went into the bathroom, and tried to lift her.I was able to get her almost standing, she just had to straighten her legs, but she could not. I needed a neighbor to help me get her into the car for the trip to the emergency room. After 5 days, two cat brain scans and a chest ex-ray, followed by a spine MRI, the only thing that was discovered was her CPK enzyme level was 4,400. not the normal 50-250 level. She has for the past 20 years, Fibromyalgia, diagnosed by the Mayo clinic in the 1990's.
She has been taken for years,
the following medications.
Oxycoden HCL ER 40MG 4 x a day
Gabapetin tabs 800mg 1 x day
Methylphenidate HCL 10MG 1 x day
Clonazepam tabs 2MG 1 x day
Aricept tabs 10 MG 1 x day
Oxycondone HCL 5 MG 1x if needed
could all the above contribute to
the high CPK levels?
Vincea51@gmail.com

May 7, 2008 4:40 PM

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