How is cardiogenic shock treated?

How is cardiogenic shock treated?

Cardiogenic shock is a life-threatening condition and you need emergency treatment. The most important part of treatment is improving the flow of blood and oxygen to major organs to avoid damage. Sometimes, this can be achieved with medications. In more severe cases, support devices may be needed to help your heart.

Treatment that begins in a hospital emergency room or intensive care unit may include:

  • Medications given through an IV to help remove excess fluid, improve blood flow, and support your heart function.
  • Oxygen to help your breathing.

Placement of a temporary monitoring line called a Swan-Ganz catheter, which is a special catheter that monitors the pressures inside your heart. This can help your healthcare team to closely follow your response to treatment. Medicines may include:

  • Nitroprusside.
  • Norepinephrine.
  • Epinephrine
  • Dobutamine.
  • Dopamine.
  • Milrinone.
  • Furosemide.
  • Vasopressin.

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