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1. Medicine The inability of a bodily organ or system, especially the circulatory system, to maintain adequate physiological function in the presence of disease.
2. Psychology The inability to maintain defense mechanisms in response to stress, resulting in personality disturbance or psychological imbalance.

de·com′pen·sate′ v.
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vb (intr)
to undergo decompensation due to disease or impairment
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Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF) is an increasingly recognized form, and accounts for almost 50% of all admissions for decompensate heart failure.
Is method of giving diuretics (Bolus Vs Continuous or High dose Vs Low dose) may affect the outcomes in patients of acute decompensate heart failure?
And although many patients will recover rapidly while receiving NPPV, some will continue to decompensate and need to be intubated and mechanically ventilated.
Avoid patients with comorbid conditions such as asthma, anxiety, obesity, or heart disease which might decompensate in the office.
As the CSG found, "individuals with mental illnesses leaving prison without sufficient supplies of medication, connections to mental health and other support services, and housing are almost certain to decompensate, which in turn will likely result in behavior that constitutes a technical violation of release conditions or a new crime." This cycle can be broken, by ensuring that inmates with psychiatric disabilities have immediate access to the mental health services, housing and other supports they need to avoid rearrest.