Cardiogenic shock: a life-threatening condition
Cardiogenic shock is a condition in which the heart suddenly stops pumping enough blood to meet the oxygen and nutrition needs of our body.
Cardiogenic shock is usually caused by a severe heart attack, but not every patient with a heart attack develops cardiogenic shock.
Cardiogenic shock contributes to maximum fatalities in patients with acute myocardial infection (MI). Though the consoling fact is, that with immediate attention more than half of the people who develop this condition usually survive.
How cardiogenic shock develops?
A severe heart attack hampers the pumping capacity of the heart. It deprives the body of the optimal amount of oxygen-rich blood, causing cardiogenic shock.
In addition to a heart attack, some other conditions may decrease the pumping capacity of the heart and can make a person vulnerable to cardiogenic shock. These are:
What are the common signs and symptoms of cardiogenic shock?
Since cardiogenic shock results from a severe heart attack, we should be aware of the symptoms of heart attack as well
How do clinicians diagnose a cardiogenic shock?
Several tests are performed to confirm if a person has a cardiogenic shock or not.
Who is more prone to cardiogenic shock?
A patient with a heart attack has more chances of developing cardiogenic shock if he/she is
How can I prevent myself from getting cardiogenic shock?
The best way to prevent yourself from getting cardiogenic shock is by avoiding risk factors for heart attack. The golden mantra is keeping your heart healthy and blood pressure in control.
Some habits which can help us in making our heart strong are:
What to do if someone has symptoms of heart attack or cardiogenic shock?
Getting the treatment of heart attack quickly may improve the chances of survival and reduces the impact of cardiogenic shock. The less time a person is in shock, the better is the outcome with minimum damage to major organs. If you or someone you know have symptoms of a heart attack, immediately reach out to emergency medical services for help.
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