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Old 01-03-2005, 04:06 AM   #1
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What does "enhanced contractility" mean?

HI All!

On the results of my stress echo, it says "enhanced contractility of all left ventricular wall segments".

I can't figure out what this means. My appt with my doc is not until mid January.

Can anyone please put this in English for me?

Thanks,
rubydoo

 
Old 01-03-2005, 12:49 PM   #2
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Re: What does "enhanced contractility" mean?

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Old 01-04-2005, 05:28 AM   #3
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Re: What does "enhanced contractility" mean?

ruby,

The left ventricle pumps blood to the body in its systolic contraction. One of the symptoms of early heart failure is an enhanced contraction. It's just one sign among many of a problem.
At first blush it sounds like a good thing but as the heart compensates more and more for the uunderlying problem it becomes reshaped slightly ("cardiac remodeling") and eventually the increasing contractility is self defeating and the dilated heart becomes a poor pumper with a resulting lower and lower ejection fraction of blood with each beat.

You need someone to take a good close look. It might be that you just have slightly more contractility than average. Probably you should find out your ejection fraction...they may have measured it during testing?

Call your cardiologist and ask him to tell you all the ramifications of your "enhanced contractility." Perhaps more testing is in order (angiography, calcium scan, MRI?)

How is your blood pressure? (Working against hypertension is one of the main causes of the increased contractility.)
Is your overall heart size ok, that can be seen on a simple X-ray and the echo certainly would mention it?

Again,
The result could mean only a slight deviation from normal with no reason to concern yourself, but ask an expert to be sure.

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Old 01-04-2005, 06:05 AM   #4
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Re: What does "enhanced contractility" mean?

Thank you so much Lenin,

My BP is usually fine, 120/80. I am 41 years old, with about 70 pounds to lose. My heart size has never been mentioned, so I hope that means all is ok. Here are some more items from my results:

LV - normal systolic function
RV - normal systolic function

No evidence of stress induced ischemia

Baseline study showed normal left ventricular wall motion
Stress study showed the enhanced contractility

I do not have a cardiologist, just using my regular doctor.

Thank you again for your reply.

Ruby.

 
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Re: What does "enhanced contractility" mean?

Ruby,
Everything sounds okay. They just establish a "norm" for all these factors and flag anything that's outside it. Often it's of no concern at all.

 
Old 01-06-2005, 09:34 AM   #6
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Re: What does "enhanced contractility" mean?

Lenin,

Once again, thank you,

rubydoo.

 
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