shock

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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...
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Dr. Martin Linder answered:

What is septic shock?

Cytokines

Blood
untreated bacterial infection can spread to the circulatory system and produce by products called cytokines which can result in circulatory collapse very low blood pressure and multiorgan dysfunction
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Dr. Robert Cuff answered:

what is vascular shock?

Blood loss

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Most often this is used to refer to hemorrhagic shock or shock due to blood loss. If there is a rapid loss of blood a person will go into shock (low blood pressure, decreased responsiveness). This is usually accompanied by a rapid heart rate if due to blood loss.
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Dr. Emad Tadros answered:

Electric shock symptoms ?

Very safe

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I do Electro Convulsive shock treatment/ECT for treating mostly Severe Depression. It is a very safe treatment and has rare side effects... Headache or some body aches and pains etc. Some memory loss but it comes back. It is costly and does not last long, but can pull you out of severe depression for a year or so.
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Dr. Gerry Tolbert answered:

what is anaphlactic shock?

Shock

Allergies
Shock occurs when the blood flow to your organs is not sufficient to keep them working properly. In anaphylactic shock, an allergic reaction to some substance (peanuts, bee venom, etc) causes a release of chemicals in the bloodstream that dilate blood vessels and cause swelling throughout the body. This drops blood pressure and can cause permanent organ damage or even death.
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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

What is toxic shock syndrome?

TSS

Fever
High fever, vomiting, diarrhea, mental changes and rash, often on extremities and face. This progresses to shock and may be fatal, it is generally due to toxin production by either Staph or Strep. There were a series of cases associated with Tampon use in the 1980's which rapidly tapered off with changes in the make-up of the vaginal inserts. Not a very common syndrome, but quite severe.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

What are the tests for shock?

Clinical diagnosis

Blood_pressure
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.
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What causes cardiogenic shock?

Many causes

Heart
Heart attack, acute myocarditis and stress induced cardiomyopathy can all cause weakness of heart pump and Cardiogenic shock. Acute valve problems or dysruption of heart muscle can happen with heart attacks and infection of the heart (endocarditis) and cause Cardiogenic shock. Severe heart rhythm problems can also cause ineffective heart pump function and Cardiogenic shock.
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what causes hypovolemic shock?

Massive fluid losses

Blood
This can be either from excessive diarrhea, blood loss, or sometimes from diuretic use. There may be many other causes but usually fluid losses in the range of 4-5 liters are required.
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Could you survive septic shock?

Yes

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many do recover from septic shock when the infection is treated adequately and its bad effect resolves. Unfortunately too many succumb to the infections and its deleterious effects on the body called septic shock.
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Will insulin shock kill someone?

Insulin coma

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A little piece of history here. Many years ago (pre-ECT) insulin coma ("ICT") was a form of treatment for people who were psychotically depressed, schizophrenic, etc. This was done on special units in psychiatric hospitals, and level and length of coma were strictly regulated so that people did not die. Much safer, more effective treatments exist today. http://tinyurl.com/n6cloku
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