Friday, 2 March 2012

What Is Shock?

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When someone says they are in shock, you always tend to think they are in great surprise over something that has happened unexpectedly. But in the field of medicine, there are different definitions of being in shock. In general, shock is the state in which the tissues in your body fail to receive the right amount of oxygen and nutrition that they need to function well. This is popularly referred to as circulatory shock. Usually, you need to watch out for symptoms like low blood pressure, low urine output, being in a state of confusion, and rapid heartbeat.

Shock may start with the cells and tissues becoming damaged due to the lack of oxygen. Then, it progresses to the stage where your body reacts to the situation through its natural mechanisms. In this stage, you need to be mindful of your tendency to hyperventilate and eventually manifest the previously stated symptoms. If you still have not been treated at this point, then you are being put at a graver risk because if the shock progresses your organs become compromised with the failing of the other mechanisms surrounding it. The worst that can happen to you is of course organ failure. In this stage, you can either have damaged brain or dead.

With the definite threat that being in shock poses, you need to be sure to get immediate medical attention. Do not compromise your organs because each of them is very important for your entire body to function well and to keep you alive.

You might also want to check out the other types of shock, which differs depending on the part of your body affected, to be more guarded against their risk factors. There is the acute stress reaction, in which a prolonged and greater amount of locus ceruleus is discharged by your sympathetic nervous system when you experience something very traumatic, scary or stressful.

Cold shock response, meanwhile, is your body's reaction to sudden extreme coldness and is very much linked to heart attacks. Then there is also the shell shock, or combat stress reaction, most common among those exposed to battles or wars. Finally, there is the spinal shock that results to your senses being cut off after an injury on your spinal cord and that puts you at risk of being paralyzed.

Shock is not just a passing state, as most people put it. You need to be watchful of its symptoms as they can greatly affect your body in the long run.

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