WELCOME TO THE ARTERIOVENOUS MALFORMATION (AVM) COMMUNITY: This Patient-To-Patient Community is for discussions relating to Arteriovenous Malformations, which are defects of the circulatory system that are generally believed to arise during embryonic or fetal development or soon after birth. They are comprised of snarled tangles of arteries and veins.
The first step in diagnosing cardiogenic shock is to identify that a person is in shock. At that point, emergency treatment should be started.
Once emergency treatment is started, doctors can look for the specific cause of the shock. If the reason for the shock is that the heart isn't pumping strongly enough, then the diagnosis is cardiogenic shock.
Tests that are useful in diagnosing cardiogenic shock include:
Certain blood tests also are used to diagnose cardiogenic shock, including:
Author/Source: National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, Division of the National Institutes of Health [NIH]
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