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What is the definition of shock?

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Dr. Michael Taylor
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Taylor
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