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 (kən-trăk′təl, -tīl′)
Capable of contracting or causing contraction: Muscle is a contractile tissue.

con′trac·til′i·ty (kŏn′trăk-tĭl′ĭ-tē) n.
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Noun1.contractility - the capability or quality of shrinking or contracting, especially by muscle fibers and even some other forms of living matter
ability - the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
stypsis, astringency - the ability to contract or draw together soft body tissues to check blood flow or restrict secretion of fluids
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n. contractilidad, capacidad de contraerse.
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For instance, modulation of cardiac contractility as a therapy for heart failure, modulation of gastric contractility as a therapy for diabetes, and modulation of vagus nerve traffic as a therapy for epilepsy and inflammatory diseases.
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According to the company, the Optimizer Smart System is the first and only CCM (Cardiac Contractility Modulation) device approved by the US FDA to improve six-minute hall walk distance, quality of life and functional status of NYHA Class III heart failure patients, who are not indicated for CRT and have an LVEF ranging from 25% to 45%.
Effect of tidal volume, intrathoracic pressure, and cardiac contractility on variations in pulse pressure, stroke volume, and intrathoracic blood volume.
This research reported for the first time that acute chemerin treatment of isolated perfused rat leads to decreases in cardiac contractility. In addition, in this work, the negative inotropic effects of chemerin were antagonized with L-NAME.
A new type of treatment called cardiac contractility modulation (CCM) appears to improve heart function in heart-failure patients with few other options.
Indeed, arterial pressure determinant analysis with the well-known equation Arterial Pressure=Cardiac Output x Systemic Vascular Resistance, shows that the arterial pressure decrease observed in this setting could be theoretically due to an impairment in cardiac contractility. As they are load dependent, usual left ventricular (LV) systolic function parameters, such as LV ejection fraction (LVEF), are inefficient for exploring myocardial effects of SA.
Thyrotoxicosis affects the cardiovascular system via [T.sub.3]-mediated effects by increasing cardiac contractility, enhancing systolic and diastolic function, decreasing systemic vascular resistance and increasing circulating blood volume leading to increased preload, decreased afterload, and therefore increasing cardiac output by up to 300% from a euthyroid state [3].
Tension PPC inhibits cardiac contractility and venous return to the heart, resulting in decreased cardiac output.
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