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High AST result

Hi ,

Just got my liver function results today.I had high AST and I need to go back in 3 months for another test .Should I be concerned ? Been reading other posts with mixed feelings.Must admit feel a bit worried .I did use to drink a lot but have cut down in recent years..

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Don't know if you have a strenuous job, or work out, but these can pop AST briefly high as AST is found in muscle tissue, & released when muscles are strained.

Best not to sweat an isolated lab too much. Hope you get better grades on your retest!

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Hi Metanoia,

Thank you for your reply that's given me comfort.Hopefully the results will improve later on I need to lose weight and eat better this has given me a wake up call..

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Hi chris - met is right in work outs etc it can alter things. My hubs has been a really heavy drinker (in his hey day) footie and all that and training. He used to drink 18 pints Friday/Sat after playing etc. Used to brew his own strong beer and drink nightly. He is late 60s now and can take it or leave it! Alcohol has always been in both our lives since being married. We both have annual bloods taken. Normally nothing comes up but last year his came up showing abnormal for LFT. I panicked, he did not, does not believe in worrying until you are told something categorically definitive. I thought that all the years of very large regular amounts would have now finally caught him out. Took another round of bloods and they were completely normal. And no he does not work out. If you need to lose weight and eat better - do just that - win win. Sounds like a plan.

G.

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Why did you go for liver function test did you have symptoms? What was your levels pls? I’m in same boat worried out mind.

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What is AST please. Ive been thro the mill and had a transplant but never heard of AST?

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Hi Mr Two,

AST (aspartate aminotransferase) is an enzyme that is found mostly in the liver, but also in muscles. When your liver is damaged, it releases AST into your bloodstream. An AST blood test measures the amount of AST in your blood. The test can help your health care provider diagnose liver damage or disease.

Cheers,

Brett11.5

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Morning Brett - well evening Brett?

Aha thanks. Is AST the thing that gets into your brain and gives you HE. My goodness had a few of those haha.

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No! Your thinking of ammonia. That’s the nasty thing that takes your brain on a bit of a holiday. Actually, HE is very life threatening.

Hepatic encephalopathy and varices are very common with cirrhosis. They are also the most life threatening symptoms of this disease.

Cheers,

Brett11.1 1/2

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Aha thats cheered me up! Good job i didnt know that before the transplant. Hehe. Now i know why i got a new liver pdq and was told before that if i felt dolally (more than usual as my wife would often say - to go straight to hospital 999 and not go to doctors first - yipee

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Yep 👍. That’s the best thing to do.

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