How Does One Prevent Cardiogenic Shock

Updated at: Mar 16, 2018
How Does One Prevent Cardiogenic Shock

Cardiogenic shock is a condition in which suddenly the heart isn't able to pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. The best way to prevent cardiogenic shock is to lower your risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) and heart attack.

Ariba Khaliq
Heart HealthWritten by: Ariba KhaliqPublished at: Mar 16, 2018

A sudden condition when your heart can’t pump enough blood to meet your body’s requirements, it is known as cardiogenic shock. A severe heart attack is the most common cause of cardiogenic shock.

It is a rare condition but can be fatal in absence of prompt treatment. If immediate treatment is provided, about half of the people with the condition survive.

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Preventing Cardiogenic Shock

Because heart attack is the biggest cause of a cardiogenic shock, preventing the former can help prevent latter. You need to follow the same lifestyle changes that are used to treat heart diseases. They include:

Controlling High Blood Pressure- High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a leading cause of many heart ailments. If your blood pressure levels are high, you should exercise, manage stress, maintain optimal weight, and limit your salt intake to keep them in check. Limiting your alcohol consumption also helps. In case, lifestyle changes do not bring your blood pressure levels down, your doctor may prescribe medications for it.

Quitting Smoking- It has been announced effectively how smoking affects most organs of your body including your heart. While smoking puts you at a substantially increased risk of a heart attack, quitting it brings down your risk to same as that of a non-smoker, after several years of quitting.

Maintaining Optimal Weight- Being overweight gives you high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes, which are all direct factors for causing a heart attack and cardiogenic shock. Losing just 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) of your weight may lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol levels.

Lowering Cholesterol Levels- Consuming fat leads to raised cholesterol levels in your body and hence the chances of your heart disease. Reducing your fat intake, especially saturated fat, may reduce your risk of heart attack and hence of cardiogenic shock. If dietary changes alone can’t help you control your cholesterol, your doctor may prescribe a cholesterol-lowering medication.

Exercising Regularly- Regular physical activity can lower your blood pressure, help you reduce your weight, increase your level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and improve the overall health of your blood vessels and heart. It also aids in controlling diabetes and reducing stress. If you are not into intense-training, you can go for some mild physical activity like walking, jogging, swimming or bicycling for 30 minutes a day, five times a week.

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A quick medical action during a heart attack can help prevent cardiogenic shock. Seek emergency medical help immediately if you think you're having a heart attack.

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