Know Your Liver Health From SGPT Test

SGPT is released into blood when the liver or heart are damaged. The blood SGPT levels are thus elevated with liver damage (for example, from viral hepatitis) or with an insult to the heart (for example, from a heart attack). Some medications can also raise SGPT levels. Also called alanine aminotransferase (ALT).


This enzyme is commonly present in your liver. This enzyme may also be found in your kidneys and other organs, in smaller amounts. To break down food into energy, your body needs ALT. Your doctor may prescribe this test along with other liver tests.


The liver is considered to be ill-functioned if the level of SGPT is high. These changed levels can be checked with SGPT blood test. On the basis of the results of this test, the future corrective action can be planned by a doctor.

Risk Factors

The ALT blood test is safe. Risks are usually minor, and can include: 1. Bleeding 2. Bruising 3. Infection 4.  Slight pain when the needle is inserted 5. Fainting or feeling dizzy