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How is cardiogenic shock diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Usually, the general state of shock is diagnosed first, based on the following tests:

  • Blood pressure, since shock is categorized by a marked decrease in blood pressure.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG), to check for abnormal heart rhythms and quickened heartbeat./li>

Once shock has been diagnosed, physicians will look into the specific type of shock it is in order to treat it properly. Some examples of diagnostic tests for cardiogenic shock are:

  • Medical imaging, such as angiograms, echocardiograms, and chest X-rays. Each of these tests determines whether the heart is enlarged or damaged, two conditions that can cause cardiogenic shock.
  • Blood tests. Physicians can determine whether your internal organs are working properly and whether enough oxygen is present in your blood, based on various blood tests.

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