Myocardial contractility and left ventricular function in obese patients with essential hypertension.


Although the risk of developing congestive heart failure increases in parallel with the degree of obesity, load-dependent indexes of left ventricular function are found to be reduced in patients with morbid obesity only. We used the ratio of end-systolic wall stress to end-systolic volume index, which is load-independent, to assess myocardial contractility… (More)


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