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Cardiogenic Shock

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Cardiogenic shock is the failure of your heart to pump enough blood to your major organs to support life.

What is going on in the body?

Any process that interferes with the pumping action of your heart or that causes severe injury to your heart can cause shock. Failure of your heart to pump enough blood to your major organs causes them to stop working. This is a medical emergency, and this condition can cause death quickly.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

Any disease that affects the ability of the heart to function can cause this condition. Some of the common causes of cardiogenic shock are as follows:

  • a blood clot to the lungs, known as a pulmonary embolus
  • a buildup of fluid around the heart, known as pericardial effusion
  • certain irregular heart beats, called arrhythmias
  • congestive heart failure
  • a massive heart attack


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    Cardiogenic Shock: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Eric Berlin, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 05/02/01

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