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A 37-year-old woman is brought to the emergency ...

Cardiogenic

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Cool and pale extremities rules out distributive causes (neurogenic, anaphylaxis, septic).

Hypovolemic would describe a process of volume loss (bleeding or dehydration) and would not explain the crackles or jugular vein distension.

don't be thrown off by the normal heart sounds.