Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)

Aspartate aminotransferase (AST, ААТ, AST) is an endogenous enzyme that is found primarily in the cells of the liver and heart, in smaller quantities in neurons, skeletal muscles and kidneys, and its content is much lower in the spleen, pancreas and lungs . Aspartate aminotransferase participates in a number of biochemical reactions, is one of the driving forces of intracellular metabolism, providing the body with substances necessary for the further release of glucose from non-carbohydrate compounds, which is an important component of energy metabolism in the body.

  • Indications for analysis

    with symptoms of liver diseases (nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, poor appetite, general weakness, jaundice, dark urine, light-colored stools);
    patients with a high risk of such diseases (hereditary predisposition, alcohol abuse, history of hepatitis or contact with hepatitis patients, taking hepatotoxic drugs, overweight, diabetes);
    with symptoms of heart muscle diseases (chest pains, shortness of breath, heart rhythm disturbances);
    with pathologies of the skeletal muscles (decreased tone, muscle weakness, increased fatigue, atrophy);
    patients diagnosed with liver disease and prescribed treatment;
    donors (as part of a comprehensive examination).

  • How to prepare a child for analysis?

    In the morning on an empty stomach, you can drink clean still water. Venous blood from 2 years. The day before, it is necessary to exclude from the diet fatty or spicy food and alcohol, as well as physical activity.

Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)

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