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Is cardiogenic shock diagnosed like other types of shock?

If cardiogenic shock is suspected in a person with general shock symptoms, a doctor may use several tests to diagnose the exact cause of symptoms. If blood pressure is extremely low, the doctor may catheterize the artery with a small tube to measure blood flow and measure how the heart is pumping. The doctor may also prescribe an electrocardiogram, blood tests, an angiography, or echocardiogram. Learning exactly which part of the heart is affected will help to determine course of treatment.

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