If not treated immediately, cardiogenic shock can be fatal. Another serious complication of cardiogenic shock is organ damage.

If your heart can't pump enough oxygenated blood out to the rest of your body, your liver, kidneys or other organs could be damaged. The damage to your liver or kidneys can worsen cardiogenic shock, since the kidneys release chemicals that keep your muscles functioning and the liver releases proteins that help your blood to clot. Depending on how long you're in cardiogenic shock, the damage could be permanent.

Oct. 26, 2011