Measuring biochemical marker release after acute myocardial infarction helps in estimating infarct size and prognosis. We sought to relate in-hospital outcomes and curve-fitted creatine kinase (CK)-MB variables after thrombolysis. We measured CK-MB mass initially and at 30 and 90 minutes, and at 3, 8, and 20 hours after thrombolysis in 130 patients also undergoing cardiac catheterization at 90 minutes and at 5 to 7 days. Data were fitted, and maximums and curve areas calculated. CK-MB maximums related to infarct location (p = 0.014) and time to therapy (p = 0.002); curve area did not. Neither maximums nor curve area related to Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction trial flow grade at 90 minutes. Maximums related to ejection fraction at 90 minutes (p = 0.0004) and at 5 to 7 days (p = 0.0014), as did curve area (p = 0.0076 and 0.030, respectively). Maximums related to infarct zone function at 90 minutes (p = 0.024) and at 5 to 7 days (p = 0.042); curve area related only at 90 minutes (p = 0.027). Both maximums and curve area predicted congestive heart failure (p = 0.008 and p = 0.042, respectively) and a composite of congestive heart failure or death (p = 0.004 and p = 0.047, respectively); however, after adjusting for maximums, curve area no longer predicted congestive heart failure (p = 0.92). Maximums predicted the composite outcome after adjustment for curve area, and showed a trend toward predicting congestive heart failure (p = 0.089). We conclude that CK-MB maximums relate to infarct zone function, left ventricular function, and in-hospital outcomes after thrombolysis for acute myocardial infarction.