The nurse is caring for a patient in the early stages of heart failure. The family is curious on how the body adapts to heart failure. The nurse knows that during the early stages of heart failure, which specific compensatory mechanisms occur?
• The compensatory mechanism increases peripheral vascular resistance and also the work load of the heart. This can worsen heart failure if not treated
• Incorrect: Decreased cardiac output will increase ADH release, leading to fluid retention
• Incorrect: Impaired renal perfusion will stimulate aldosterone release, leading to additional fluid and sodium retention