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Cardiac enzymes are chemicals that are found naturally in the blood and include creatine kinase (CK), aspartate aminotranferase (AST) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH).
Cardiac enzymes enzymes rise and peak at differing times after heart muscle injury and the elevations can remain peaked for several days.
Cardiac enzymes are released when the heart muscle is damaged, such as during a heart attack (myocardial infarction)and results in an elevated enzyme level.
There are a number of other cardiac related causes for elevated cardiac enzymes such as cardiac contusion, pericarditis and cardiac surgery. In these conditions, cardiac muscle is injured by a variety of causes including trauma and surgery which then cause a release of enzymes.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
Aspartate transferase (AST) is an enzyme created mainly by the cells of the liver and the heart. Any injury to the heart or liver, and other bodily tissues, will cause AST to be released into the bloodstream. Levels can be raised following a heart attack or from liver damage caused by alcohol, drugs or viruses (hepatitis).
AST can also be elevated after vigorous exercise.
Alanine transferase (ALT) is an enzyme which is produced by the liver and can indicate liver damage caused by alcohol, drugs or viruses (hepatitis). Small amounts of ALT are normal, but raised levels may indicate that your liver is inflamed.
Elevated levels of ALT can also be caused by recent vigorous exercise.
CK (creatine kinase) is a muscle enzyme which signifies muscle cell damage and death. CK levels tend to be higher in people with greater muscle mass.
The level of CK in the blood is measured to assess muscle damage - it can rise rapidly after muscle trauma, but will subside as the damage repairs. If CK continues to rise it indicates that muscle damage is not being repaired. If you have been to the gym the day before your blood test you may well exhibit raised levels of CK.
We will send you your Cardiac Enzymes finger-prick blood test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample collection or choose to go our London laboratory during the checkout process.How to collect a finger-prick blood sample
Your Cardiac Enzymes test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Cardiac Enzymes test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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