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Cardiogenic Shock

Cardiogenic Shock | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

The goal of medical therapy is to improve your heart's ability to pump. How your doctor treats you will depend on the underlying cause of the shock. Many different medicines and devices may be used to try to restore heart function and blood flow. Some of these include:

  • adding or removing fluids, such as blood, water, or salt
  • heart assist devices, such as a pacemaker
  • heart medicines to help the heart pump more effectively, such as digitalis
  • medicines to dissolve blood clots
  • medicines to help open up, or dilate, certain blood vessels
  • oxygen therapy
  • surgery
  • a ventilator, or artificial breathing machine
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    All medicines have possible side effects. Ventilators increase the risk of infection. Surgery can be associated with bleeding, infection, and in some cases, death.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    If you survive, aggressive treatment and close monitoring of the underlying disease is needed. In some people, a heart transplant may have to be done to fix the underlying problem. Your doctor will also test you for any permanent organ damage.

    How is the condition monitored?

    Results of blood tests and urine output are strictly monitored. Progress in the treatment of the underlying disease is also carefully monitored. X-rays and other tests may be required in some cases. Always report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor.

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

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