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Shock is a life-threatening condition. Immediate medical care can make the difference between life and death.
Adults and older children usually have several symptoms of shock, including:
Also, a person in shock usually has an abnormal increase in heart rate and an abnormal decrease in blood pressure.
Shock may 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: June 26, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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