Contraction

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Contraction

In a business cycle, the time between the peak and the bottom. That is, a contraction occurs between the end of economic growth and the end of the subsequent recession. Contractions are characterized by layoffs, a decline in GDP, and other negative factors. However, historically, contractions have tended not to last as long as expansions.
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A number of the actions of levosimendan contribute to improved oxygen handling and reduced cardiac work during myocardial contraction.
This could be especially important during exercise at higher heart rates, when the myocardial contraction inhibits coronary artery flow.
Myocardial contraction and relaxation abnormalities readily identified by tissue Doppler are the primary abnormalities.