Cardiogenic Shock


The most common symptom people first experience from cardiogenic shock (CS) is low blood pressure due to the heart's inability to deliver enough oxygen-rich blood to the brain and other vital organs. Depending on how quickly your blood pressure drops, you may experience additional symptoms, including the following:

  • A weak or irregular pulse
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Fast breathing
  • Dizziness and/or confusion
  • Nausea
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Pale, clammy skin
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Bulging veins in the neck
  • Fainting/loss of consciousness
  • Abdominal and/or feet swelling
  • Decreased or lack of urination
  • Poor appetite
  • Fever
  • Cardiac arrest

Heart attack symptoms

Since having a heart attack is the most common cause of people developing CS, it’s also important to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack so that you can act quickly to seek medical attention. These symptoms include the following:

  • Discomfort in your chest, neck, jaw, back, or upper arms that may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or stabbing pain that lasts longer than a few minutes
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • A pounding heart or changes in heart rhythm
  • Heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and/or abdominal pain
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat or clammy skin
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness