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Cardiogenic shock

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Cardiogenic shock

a form of shock (inadequate delivery of oxygen to the tissues) that occurs secondary to the weakened pumping function of the heart. This condition may be precipitated by myocardial infarction or cardiomyopathy.

treatment includes fluid restriction, diuretics, vasopressors (dopamine) to support the blood pressure and the use of intravenous medications (dobutamine) which stimulate the heart to contract more forcefully.