Many people have never heard of #sepsis, or they don’t know what it is. But sepsis is one of the top 10 causes of disease-related death in the United States. The condition can arise suddenly and progress quickly, and it’s often hard to recognize.
What is sepsis? When you get an infection, your body tries to fight it with your immune system. Sepsis occurs when your immune system goes out of control and attacks the organs in your body causing them to shut down.
A Leading Cause of Death You Don't Even Know About
"A Leading Cause of Death You Don't Even Know About" by Harriet Brown for Oprah Magazine. To survive sepsis—the 11th leading cause of death in this country—you need to catch it early. But many patients don't even know what it is.