Cardiogenic Shock

If not treated immediately, cardiogenic shock is fatal.

Cardiogenic shock is a condition in which the heart cannot deliver blood adequately to the body, leading to critical symptoms of low blood pressure. In some cases, the muscle has been so severely damaged, usually from a major heart attack, that it is unable to pump blood fast enough to meet the body’s needs. In other cases, the heart may be compressed externally. As a result, blood pressure falls and organs may begin to fail. Not everyone who has a heart attack has cardiogenic shock. In fact, only about 7% of patients who experience a heart attack develop this condition, but it can be very dangerous and often fatal.

Fast recognition of symptoms and improved treatments have increased the survival rate of cardiogenic shock.

Symptoms of cardiogenic shock can appear very quickly. If treated immediately, the survival rate is more than 50 percent, a dramatic improvement over the past. Your risk of cardiogenic shock increases if you are older, have a history of heart failure, coronary artery disease, diabetes or high blood pressure. Seek emergency medical help immediately if you think you’re having a heart attack, as quick action can help prevent cardiogenic shock.

Symptoms may include:
• Extreme Symptoms
• Sudden, rapid heartbeat
• Excessive sweating
• Weakened pulse
• Extreme shortness of breath
• Blanched appearance
• Cold hands and/or feet
• Dizziness or loss of consciousness
• Decreased or complete inability to urinate

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