What is hemorrhagic shock?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Hemorrhagic shock is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to supply the body. It results from excessive bleeding, also called hemorrhaging. Excessive bleeding often stems from external violence (e.g., warfare), but can also occur internally (e.g., aortic aneurysm). The body needs blood to survive, and hypovolemic shock is thus an extremely dangerous condition, requiring immediate medical attention. Hemorrhagic shock makes up most of the incidences of hypovolemic shock, a more general term for circulatory deficiency.

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