Shock is a critical condition brought about by a sudden drop in blood pressure. The resulting lack of oxygen may lead to organ failure and death. Signs and symptoms of shock may include low blood pressure, hyperventilation, weak rapid pulse, cold clammy cyanotic pale skin, tiredness, nausea, decreased flow of urine; and mental changes such as anxiety, confusion or even combativeness.


There are multiple types of shock, each having their own underlying reason for a drop in blood pressure. Hypovolemic shock is a result of significant loss of blood. Cardiogenic shock is caused cardiovascular organ failure. Anaphylactic shock begins with an allergic reaction. Septic shock is a result of infection. Neurogenic shock is a result of severe nerve damage that affects the heart and blood vessels.


Shock is a major medical emergency and can lead to permanent organ damage or even death.

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