Overview on the different types of shock

Overview on the different types of shock

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Shock is a dangerous condition that arises once the body has inadequate blood flow which results to damage to multiple organs in the body. Generally, this condition necessitates prompt medical care and can rapidly worsen. Overall, there are 5 types that can occur.


Different forms of shock


In general, hypovolemic shock is brought about by inadequate blood volume in the body. An individual with this form have significant blood loss which is one fifth of the total blood volume or severe fluid loss. In addition, the loss of fluid or blood in the body causes the heart to unable to effectively pump.

Individuals with cardiogenic shock usually have damage in the heart which leads to poor blood supply to various organs in the body.

The causes of significant blood loss include injuries, cuts and internal bleeding. Loss of fluids in the body is usually due to diarrhea, burns and vomiting.


This is a form linked with heart issues. Individuals with the cardiogenic form usually have damage in the heart which leads to poor blood supply to various organs in the body. Generally, the condition arises either during or after a heart attack.


The septic form has a link with infections. Consequently, an overwhelming infection leads to a dangerously low blood pressure.


This type usually arises once an individual experience a severe allergic reaction. Consequently, this occurs after getting a sting by a bee which affects the entire body.


With this form, the individual has an impaired or damaged nervous system usually from a neurological disorder or spinal cord injury.

Quick Note / Disclaimer

The material posted on this page on shock is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn more about the different types of shock, register for a first aid and CPR course with Victoria First Aid.





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