Stapczynski, J. Stephan Emergency Medicine Department, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona.
- Hypovolemic shock
- Cardiogenic shock
- Distributive shock
- Obstructive shock
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A clinical condition caused by widespread impairment of blood flow resulting in an inadequate supply of oxygen to the body's tissues. Shock is a sudden and progressive condition that, if not reversed, can lead to death. Shock affects the entire body, as opposed to other conditions where blood flow is reduced to only a portion of a single organ, such as stroke or heart attack. It is typically, but not always, associated with a low blood pressure that can be felt as a weak pulse.
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