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QOD 13: Effects of Blood Pressure and Pulse on Cardiogenic Shock (Cardiac/Health Promotion and Maintenance)

Answer:

D. Decreased cardiac contractility

Rationale: 

A patient with a cardiac condition is at risk of developing cardiogenic shock when the heart has been damaged enough that it is unable to effectively pump blood to perfuse vital organs. The patient will most often experience a decrease in blood pressure and a weak or thready pulse. Cardiac contractility, the degree of performance of the heart’s contractions, will also be diminished when cardiogenic shock develops.

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