A person with heart failure can seem healthy in a compensated state, until something in his or her regimen or disease process changes, causing acute decompensation with a medical emergency such as pulmonary edema.
Teresa Seright is an associate teaching professor of nursing at Montana State University, in Bozeman, Mont.
Adapted and updated from Seright T. Detecting decompensated heart failure. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, 2013;11(3):12-16.
The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article.