What other symptoms might occur with elevated creatine kinase?

Elevated creatine kinase may accompany other symptoms, which can vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Cardiac symptoms that may occur along with elevated creatine kinase

Elevated creatine kinase may accompany other symptoms of a heart attack including:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Pain that radiates to the jaw or down the arm
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)

Other symptoms that may occur along with elevated creatine kinase

Elevated creatine kinase may accompany symptoms that are related to other body systems including:

  • Confusion or loss of consciousness, even for a brief moment
  • Garbled or slurred speech
  • Loss of vision or vision changes
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Paralysis
  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • Weakness (loss of strength)

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life threatening condition

An elevated creatine kinase can signal a heart attack or other serious condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have serious symptoms including:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness, even for a brief moment
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Paralysis
  • Profuse sweating
  • Radiating pain to the arm or face
  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • Vision loss or vision changes
INTRODUCTION

What is elevated creatine kinase?

Creatine kinase or creatine phosphokinase is an enzyme chiefly found in the brain, skeletal muscles, and heart. An elevated level of creatine kinase is seen in heart attacks, when the heart muscle is damaged, or in conditions that produce damage to the skeletal muscles or brain. Creatine kinase is often incorrectly referred to as creatinine kinase.

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CAUSES

What causes elevated creatine kinase?

Elevated creatine kinase levels are present when there is destruction of cardiac or skeletal muscle. Creatine kinase levels can also be increased in brain injury, such as stroke. The elevation is detected through a simple blood test.

Causes of elevated creatine kinase

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 1, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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