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A 35-year-old male asked:

today i was at the er cause chest pain. ekg normal,troponine negative,ckmb normal but ck total was high (260u/l).they send me home.what means ck high?

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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
It's hard to know: CK is an enzyme that is commonly found in different types of muscle cells. It can be found in skeletal muscle cells - think your biceps - but also your heart muscle cells. The CK-MB allows doctors to better determine if muscle damage is heart in origin -reassuring that was normal for you. You may naturally have high serum levels of CK or some minor damage to the some skeletal muscle(s).

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Last updated Jul 2, 2014

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