by Krisha McCoy, MS
Shock is the inadequate blood flow threatens the function of multiple organs. Shock is a potentially life-threatening condition. The sooner it is treated, the better the outcome. If you suspect someone is in shock, call for medical help right away.
Some causes of shock include:
Factors that may increase your chances of shock:
The symptoms of shock depend on the cause. Shock can lead to:
Shock can also cause:
A physical exam will be done. Tests may include:
Other tests may be done to look for a cause. Tests may be:
Shock will need emergency care. Treatment will help to improve blood flow and stop further damage. Care may include:
Other treatment may be needed to treat the cause of shock.
To help reduce your chances of shock:
American College of Emergency Physicians
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians
Canadian Red Cross
Cardiogenic shock. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115657/Cardiogenic-shock . Accessed September 17, 2020.
Cardiogenic shock. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/cardiogenic-shock. Accessed September 17, 2020.
The signs of hypovolemic shock. Health Guidance website. Available at:
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Accessed September 17, 2020.
Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Last Updated: 9/17/2020
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