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Who is at risk for cardiogenic shock?

The most common risk factor for cardiogenic shock is having a heart attack.

If you've had a heart attack, the following factors can further increase your risk for cardiogenic shock:

  • Older age
  • Having a history of heart attacks or heart failure
  • Having coronary artery disease in all the major heart blood vessels

This answer from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has been reviewed and/or edited by Dr. William D. Knopf.

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