What is a CPK Test?
Enzymes are crucial proteins required for optimal bodily function. One such enzyme, creatine phosphokinase (CPK), is also known as creatine kinase (CK) and is vital for muscles to work efficiently. CPK can be found in the brain, stomach, heart, bladder, colon, and skeletal muscles. When muscles sustain damage, CPK is released into the bloodstream, and the levels are elevated.
Different forms of CPK exist that can be specific to certain organs, and identifying the particular form that is elevated can indicate which tissue has been damaged.
CPK is a significant biochemical marker, and high levels are found during muscle damage. The CPK test measures the levels of the creatinine kinase enzyme and is performed to evaluate muscle tissue health.