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Shock is a life-threatening condition. Immediate medical care
can make the difference between life and death.
Signs of shock
(most of which will be present) include:
Also, a person in shock usually has an abnormal increase in
heart rate and an abnormal decrease in blood pressure.
occur in response to a sudden illness or injury. When the body loses too much
blood or fluids, the circulatory system can't get enough blood to the vital
organs, and shock results.
Shock is a life-threatening condition. Immediate medical care is required any time shock is suspected.
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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