Cardiogenic shock is life threatening and requires emergency medical treatment. The condition usually is diagnosed after a person has been admitted to a hospital for a heart attack. If the person isn't already in a hospital, emergency treatment can start as soon as medical personnel arrive.
The first goal of emergency treatment for cardiogenic shock is to improve the flow of blood and oxygen to the body’s organs.
Sometimes both the shock and its cause are treated at the same time. For example, doctors may quickly open a blocked blood vessel that's damaging the heart. Often, this can get the patient out of shock with little or no additional treatment.
Emergency life support treatment is needed for any type of shock. This treatment helps get oxygen-rich blood flowing to the brain, kidneys, and other organs.
Restoring blood flow to the organs keeps the patient alive and may prevent long-term damage to the organs. Emergency life support treatment includes:
During and after emergency life support treatment, doctors will try to find out what’s causing the shock. If the reason for the shock is that the heart isn't pumping strongly enough, then the diagnosis is cardiogenic shock.
Treatment for cardiogenic shock will depend on its cause. Doctors may prescribe medicines to:
Medical devices can help the heart pump and improve blood flow. Devices used to treat cardiogenic shock may include:
Sometimes medicines and medical devices aren't enough to treat cardiogenic shock.
Medical procedures and surgery can restore blood flow to the heart and the rest of the body, repair heart damage, and help keep a patient alive while he or she recovers from shock.
Surgery also can improve the chances of long-term survival. Surgery done within
The types of procedures and surgery used to treat underlying causes of cardiogenic shock include:
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