Cardiogenic Shock Cardiogenic shock happens when your heart suddenly can’t pump enough oxygen-rich blood through your body. Most often, cardiogenic shock is caused by a severe heart attack. Cardiogenic shock can lead to brain damage, organ failure, or death. It is a serious medical emergency that requires immediate help. If you or a family member is experiencing a serious heart condition, rely on Baystate Medical Center’s cardiovascular experts. We are known as the best hospital in western Massachusetts for emergency heart care and heart surgery, including LVAD placement and other mechanical circulatory support (MCS) therapy options. In fact, Baystate is the only hospital in the region that provides advanced MCS therapy to treat conditions like cardiogenic shock and heart failure.