Sudden Shock: Five Different Types

Beyond three basic types of “Anaphylactic” shock, there are other types of shock that can occur. You should be aware of these as well. Though anaphylactic is probably one of the most common types of shock. There are four other types of shock that exist.

For example, did you know that shock can occur when a victim suffers from a heart attack? This type of shock is called “Cardiogenic”. According to the American Red Cross, this is where the heart fails to circulate blood around the body and to vital organs effectively. This shock is caused as an aftermath of the heart attack.

The third type is “Hypovolemic”. This is caused due to a significant amount of blood loss. Hypovolemic shock usually occurs with internal or external bleeding. An example would be where the victim has damaged vital organs or suffers from kidney stones. Hypovolemic shock can also occur when the victim has lost a lot of fluid from excessive vomiting or diarrhea. Alcohol poisoning could also potentially cause a victim to go into hypovolemic shock.

The fourth type is “Neurogenic”. This is probably the one type that most people usually associate as the cause of shock. This type is usually not life-threatening. neurogenic shock usually occurs after the victim has been through a traumatic experience. An example would be where they were a victim of rape. A near death experience or high stress situation could cause neurogenic shock as well. It could also occur if the victim has witnessed a traumatic event occur such as a car accident or another human being dying. What most people aren’t aware of is that neurogenic shock can also occur from severe fluid loss or trauma to the nervous system. An example of nervous system damage could be where the victim was in a car accident—themselves. Neurogenic shock is usually demonstrated by fainting. Although a drop in blood pressure can occur as well.

The fifth most common type or shock is “Septic”, which is usually caused by a severe infection. An example of septic shock is toxic shock syndrome. This occurs most commonly in female teens that experience menstruation who use tampons. Toxic shock can occur if tampons are not changed every 4-8 hours and left in for an extended period of time. Other medical conditions that can cause septic shock are “end-stage renal or liver disease”. Septic shock is seen most frequently in elderly persons or people with weak immune systems, lungs or vital organs. The more susceptible you are to disease, the more likely you could suffer from septic shock.