People with high cholesterol often take a type of drug called a statin to lower their cholesterol levels. However, there have been reports of muscle aches, soreness, or weakness (called rhabdomyolysis) associated with high levels of creatine kinase in people who take statin drugs. Creatine kinase is an enzyme (a protein) found in the brain, muscles and heart and can be a sign of muscle damage.
Health Quality Ontario Reviews Creatine Kinase Testing
Health Quality Ontario talked to experts to find out whether testing creatine kinase levels in people who take statins is helpful.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has accepted this recommendation.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided the following response: The creatine kinase test was removed from the laboratory requisition in April 2013.