Uncompensated HF same as Decompensated HF?


Reading a book from 2015 and it references 'uncompensated' heart failure, but can't find any info in my Med-surg text about it. My text only has compensated and decompensated.

So my question is:

Is uncompensated heart failure the same as decompensated? (just changed/updated terminology but still the same thing?)

nursej22, MSN, RN

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Specializes in Public Health, TB. Has 38 years experience.

Yes, they are the same. However, decompensated sounds like the patient was compensated at one time, and deteriorated, while the uncompensated may have never have been treated. Either way, you would approach treatment the same way.

Specializes in anesthesiology.

Is this referring to HF with preserved EF (diastolic HF) and reduced EF (systolic HF)?