Chemoreflex Gain on Exercise
Recruitment status was Recruiting
The purpose of this study is to assess chemoreflex gain on exercise.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
|Official Title:||Chemoreflex Gain on Exercise|
- chemoreflex gain on exercise [ Time Frame: every minute ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Reproducibility of chemoreflex gain on exercise [ Time Frame: every minute ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||February 2010|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||October 2010|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||October 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Other: carbon dioxide
Normally breathing is controlled by a reflex that responds to the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood. The change in breathing that results from a change in the blood's CO2 concentration is called the chemoreflex.
In heart failure, a condition where the heart muscle is damaged and can not pump as well, this reflex is exaggerated. The result of this can be breathing conditions characterised by patients hyperventilating at times and at other times taking very shallow breaths or even stopping altogether. In the past the only way of measuring this chemoreflex was to get patients to breathe into a large container and to rebreathe their exhaled air and allow the CO2 to rise over time, whilst keeping the oxygen constant. The proportion by which the ventilation increases with increasing carbon dioxide is the chemoreflex gain. Unfortunately, because this test takes a long time to conduct, requires specialist knowledge and equipment it has not been possible to measure this reflex on exercise.
|Contact: Darrel P Francis, MD||+44 207 594 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|St Mary's Hospital||Recruiting|
|Paddington, London, United Kingdom, W2 1LA|
|Contact: Resham Baruah, MBBS 02075941027 email@example.com|
|Principal Investigator: Darrel P Francis, MD|