Cardiogenic shock is a medical emergency. It is a condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the demands of the body. If prolonged, this can result in organ and tissue damage. Signs may include low urine output, cool arms/legs, reduced level of consciousness. Cardiogenic shock is most often caused by a massive heart attack. However, not all heart attacks result in cardiogenic shock.
Fluids and plasma, given through an IV, and medications to treat cardiogenic shock, work to increase your heart’s pumping ability. You might be given medications to improve your heart function, until other treatments start to work. Depending on the cause, invasive procedures may be done to such as coronary angioplasty, insertion of a balloon pump in your aorta to support the heart, or even implantation of a mechanical circulatory support to improve blood flow and supply oxygen to the body, such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Surgery may be indicated in some cases, and in rare cases, even a heart transplant or mechanical heart.
Consult Dr Ang to discuss an appropriate treatment plan for your heart condition.