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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Overview)

Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, brain problems, toxins, etc...


Dr. Michael Taylor
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What is the definition of shock?

Dr. Michael Taylor
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What is the definition of shock?

Supply & demand: Shock occurs when blood flow isn't enough to meet the body's energy needs. Usually, the blood pressure and/or output of the heart is low-the tissues of the body don't get enough oxygen due to inadequate blood flow/perfusion. Sometimes, if the energy requirements of the body are high (hypermetabolic), then seemingly normal supply just isn't enough to meet the demand. ...Read more

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Shock (Overview)

Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, brain problems, toxins, etc...


Dr. Rada Ivanov
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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How does shock lead to respiratory failure?

Dr. Rada Ivanov
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How does shock lead to respiratory failure?

See below: In response to shock, the body secretes many substances, called cytokines, which may be damaging to the lungs causing an acute inflammatory reaction. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Are fevers considered a symptom of emotional shock?

Dr. Martin Raff
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Are fevers considered a symptom of emotional shock?

Fever: This would be rather unusual, but not impossible, although I am not at all sure what you mean by "emotional shock". Generally psychiatric conditions in which fever occurs may have underlying organic illnesses as their cause. My advice would be to see an infectious diseases expert if the fever persists. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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What are the symptoms of shock from seeing something disturbing like mutilation and murder?

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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What are the symptoms of shock from seeing something disturbing like mutilation and murder?

Response to horror: I agree with dr. Rao about feeling shock, bewilderment, and fear when seeing something disturbing like mutilation and murder. The person also often feels helpless -- not able to do anything in the situation. Also, some have dissociative symptoms: numbness, detachment, decreased emotional responsiveness; reduced awareness of surroundings; derealization; depersonalization; sometimes amnesia too. ...Read more

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Dr. Bonnie Bock
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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What are the first signs of toxic shock syndrome?

Dr. Bonnie Bock
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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What are the first signs of toxic shock syndrome?

Fever and rash: Fever, faint sunburn type rash which may not be noticed, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, lightheadedness, severe weakness, in ability to stand up, just feeling very sick. ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch
Board Certified, Cardiology
17 years in practice
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Diagnosis 2/8 from 11/12 stress test. Fixed inferolateral apical defect, myocardial infarct, 2 month a-fib/electric shock. Do i need a cardiac cath?

Dr. Rick Koch
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Diagnosis 2/8 from 11/12 stress test. Fixed inferolateral apical defect, myocardial infarct, 2 month a-fib/electric shock. Do i need a cardiac cath?

Generally not: As there is no ischemia on your stress unless symptoms suggest angina despite good medical therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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Am diagnosed with MS having 2 lesions on spine causing electric shock symptoms up spine into head, could i safely take hypericum to dampen pain.?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Am diagnosed with MS having 2 lesions on spine causing electric shock symptoms up spine into head, could i safely take hypericum to dampen pain.?

Why consider this?: Hypericum is a homeopathic remedy for anxiety and depression, and would have absolutely no effect on a Lhermitte's phenomenon, which you describe. You would likely find better benefits from gabapentin, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Gralise, or Horizant, all prescription meds which your doctor could provide. Also, make certain that you are taking a potent MS medication, such as one of the orals, or Tysabri. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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How do they test for toxic shock syndrome?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Blood,urine,vaginal : And throat sample.There's no one specific test for toxic shock syndrome. You may need to provide blood and urine samples to test for the presence of a staph or strep infection. Samples from the vagina, cervix and throat may be swabbed for laboratory analysis. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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What are the tests for shock?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Board Certified, Pathology
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What are the tests for shock?

Clinical diagnosis: Low blood pressure, rapid thready pulse, peripheral vasoconstriction, cold clammy skin are usual manifestations of shock. In septic shock the skin may be flushed rather than cold and clammy. No lab tests are needed for this diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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I wish to know how do you treat for shock?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
44 years in practice
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What kind of a chock: Please tell me what kind of a chock treatment you want know. ...Read more

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