When the body experiences severe trauma, the result is a cascade of events that, when occurring together, constitute shock. Common symptoms include dilated pupils and pallid skin, hypotension, and a sudden drop in blood pressure. There are several types of shock, all with their own causes and manifestations. In some cases, the symptoms are mild, while in others, things happen so quickly that there is barely time for medics to respond. In all cases, no matter how mild the symptoms, medical treatment is necessary -- uncontrolled shock is often fatal.
Obstructive shock is a mechanical impediment that prevents the heart from filling, resulting in decreased cardiac output. Causes of obstructive shock include
Treating obstructive shock usually requires stabilizing blood pressure first and then dealing with the underlying cause to restore cardiac function.
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