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What is shock?

Shock is basically low blood pressure. In this video, I will explain what it is and how to give proper aid to a person in shock. 

Shock is a medical emergency that occurs when blood pressure drops drastically. Shock is a physical condition that may be triggered by problems with the heart leading to cardiogenic shock; blood vessel dilation causing distributive or vasodilatory shock; or blood volume levels that are so low it leads to hypovolemic shock. Toxic poisoning can cause septic shock and allergic reactions can lead to anaphylactic shock. Shock can affect other organs including the heart, liver, brain and kidneys. If left untreated, shock can cause irreversible damage and even death.

Shock is a condition in which the circulatory system fails to deliver enough oxygen-rich blood to the body’s tissues and vital organs.

The body’s organs, such as the brain, heart and lungs, do not function properly without this blood supply. This triggers a series of responses that produce  shock. These responses are the body’s attempt to maintain adequate blood flow.

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