Cardiogenic shock is a complex condition that occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood for the body’s needs. The condition is a medical emergency and is often fatal without immediate treatment. Cardiogenic shock most often occurs following a severe heart attack; the event damages and weakens the heart. Around seven percent of people who have a heart attack go into cardiogenic shock. The condition is the leading cause of death from heart attacks.
People can experience many types of shock, a general term that refers to the state where integral organs do not receive enough blood and oxygen. States of shock are almost always dangerous, regardless of their cause or effect. Most forms also cause severely low blood pressure and heart rate. Cardiogenic shock specifically refers to the state of shock resulting from and affecting the heart.
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