Cardiogenic shock is a condition caused when the blood flow in the
body suddenly and severely decreases. Blood flow becomes so low that adequate
blood is not able to return to the heart so that it can function normally.
When oxygen cannot be delivered to organs and tissue, symptoms that
may develop include pale or bluish skin; weak but rapid pulse; shallow, fast
breathing; extreme thirst; and possibly fainting (syncope).
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology