- When the congestive heart failure is adequately treated resulting in no signs or symptoms, the condition is referred to as compensated HF.
- In contrast to individuals with decompensated HF, individuals with compensated CHF will experience less or no fluid accumulation, resulting in in less or no fluid in the lungs or peripheral edema.
- Individuals with compensated CHF may not exhibit breathing problems that are exacerbated when lying down, or sleep with their head elevated. (The higher the elevation needed, the more severe the HF.)
- Pitting edema is uncommon in individuals with compensated HF.