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(What Is) Cardiogenic Shock? (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute)

(What Is) Cardiogenic Shock? (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute) – http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/shock/shock_what.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Who is most at risk for cardiogenic shock?
  • What are the symptoms of cadiogenic shock?
  • What is a left ventricular assist device and how can it be helpful in cases of cardiogenic shock?
  • What are some tests used to diagnose cardiogenic shock?


Cardiogenic shock is caused by the inability of the heart to pump blood effectively. This article from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is organized into the following sections:

  • What is
  • Causes
  • Who is at risk
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatments
  • Prevention
  • Clinical Trials
  • Links

The most common cause of cardiogenic shock is a heart attack, although according to this article, only about 7% of heart attacks lead to cardiogenic shock.


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