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Cardiogenic Shock

Cardiogenic Shock

This is a condition in which the heart suddenly can't pump enough blood to the body's needs, often caused by a severe heart attack. This commonly happens when the heart's main pumping chamber, the left ventricle is damaged due to a lack of oxygen caused by a heart attack. Other conditions such as myocarditis or endocarditis can also cause cardiogenic shock. Drug overdose can also affect one's heart's ability to pump blood and can lead to cardiogenic shock.

The factors that can increase one's risk of cardiogenic shock include:

• Being age 65 or older
• Having blockages in several of your hearts main arteries
• Having a history of heart failure or a previous heart attack

The signs and symptoms of cardiogenic shock include:

• Low urine output due to decreased blood flow to the kidneys
• Confusion and anxiety due to decreased cerebral perfusion
• Tachycardia (rapid but weak heart beat)
• Fluid in the lungs due to insufficiency of the heart to pump the blood properly
• Cold hands or feet
• Severe shortness of breath

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

• Don't smoke
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Control high blood pressure
• Lower the cholesterol and saturated fat in your diet
• Exercise regularly

Cardiogenic shock usually occurs in people who are having a severe heart attack, hence contact your doctor immediately if you experience any signs or symptoms of heart attack!

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