What are the features of cardiogenic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Cardiogenic shock is characterized by primary myocardial dysfunction, which renders the heart unable to maintain adequate cardiac output. Affected patients demonstrate clinical signs of low cardiac output while showing evidence of adequate intravascular volume. The patients have cool clammy extremities, poor capillary refill, tachycardia, a narrow pulse pressure, and low urine output.


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