Shock Quiz

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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

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Learn more about Shock

Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is shock?

Shock is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body's blood pressure is too low to support the function of its organs. Shock can result in organ damage and even death. Shock can occur due to decreased blood volume, obstructions to blood flow through the heart and lungs, severe allergic reactions, severe infections, and damage to the nervous system.

Symptoms of shock

  • My brain is not functioning right now

  • Hands and feet are cold

  • Dizziness when standing or after prolonged standing

Questions your doctor may ask to check for shock

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose shock

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

  • Do you have cold hands and feet?

  • Do you have dizziness when standing or after prolonged standing?

Treatment for shock

Shock requires emergency treatment, usually in a hospital. Treatment usually includes large amounts of fluids given through a blood vessel, oxygen, while treating the cause of shock.

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Reviewed By:

Maxwell J. Nanes

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Yoshinori Abe

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

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