Study on the Efficacy and Mechanism of Cardiac Rehabilitation for Stem Cell Mobilization and Heart Failure Improvement

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Verified November 2003 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
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First received: September 9, 2005
Last updated: November 21, 2005
Last verified: November 2003

September 9, 2005
November 21, 2005
July 2004
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Decreased maximal oxygen consumption is noted in the patients after myocardial infarction, while rehabilitatiation improved it.
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The improvement of maximal oxygen consumption after rehabilitation is associated with improvement of perfusion status in cardiac MRI and an increased serum level of stem cell factors.
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Study on the Efficacy and Mechanism of Cardiac Rehabilitation for Stem Cell Mobilization and Heart Failure Improvement
An Association Study Between Cardiac Rehabilitation and Stem Cell Mobilization in Patients With Myocardial Infarction

One emerging concept is that some form of injury or inflammation is a prerequisite for the success of circulating-cell participation in differentiated tissue structure and function. Once reperfusion is achieved in acute myocardial infarction, an intense inflammatory cascade is unleashed.

The architecture of the left ventricle rearranges, leading to ventricular remodeling. The “homing process”involves stem cell migration to the sites of injury or ischemia, which provides an environment that is favorable to growth and function. This microenvironment is a stimulus for homing and differentiation of stem cells of the appropriate lineage. It increases vascular permeability and expression of adhesion proteins like integrin, along with homing receptors that facilitate the attachment, which is mediated by cell-to-cell contact and chemoattractant release from local tissue injury.The migratory capacity of stem cells might be dependent on natural growth factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) , stromal cell–derived factor-1 (SDF-1)and stem cell factor (SCF).The expression of VEGF ,SDF-1 and SCF is highly up-regulated in hypoxic tissue, supporting the hypothesis that these factors may represent homing signals crucial to the recruitment of circulating progenitor cells to assist the endogenous repair mechanisms in the infarcted tissue. This study will examine whether cardiac rehabilitation increases the concentration of stem cell factors released into the bloodstream and if these factors are correlated with the improvement of heart function.

Exercise training has beneficial hemodynamic effects in patients with congestive heart failure.A similar benefit may be seen after MI, with an improvement in functional capacity averaging 20 percent. More important, however, is the possible effect on survival. In a meta-analysis of 24 trials examining the effect of cardiac rehabilitation after MI, there was a significant reduction in mortality with rehabilitation (odds ratio 0.81).

Previous studies focused on the effect of rehabilitation comes from the improvement of oxygen utilization in skeletal muscle. The effects on cardiac morphology and perfusion status were rather little to be addressed.

In this study, we will collect the questionaires, blood sampling for assay of stem cell factors, maximal O2 consumption, and cardiac MRI before and after cardiac rehabilitation.SDF-1 (stromal cell derived factor-1), SCF(stem cell factor), and VEGF (vasculoendothelial growth factor) will be measured by ELISA. Cardiac MRI will provide the information about (1) LV function, (2) scar size, and (3) perfusion status (dipyridamole stress MRI).

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Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Myocardial Infarction
Behavioral: cardiac rehabilitation
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Inclusion Criteria: myocardial infarction with CK more than 3000, status post revascularization therapy, clinical stable with regular follow-up at OPD, NYHA II-III -

Exclusion Criteria:sustained ventricular arrhythmia, hypertrophy cardiomyopathy, intolerance to exercise program


35 Years to 70 Years
Contact: Bai-Chin Lee, MD 886-2-23123456 ext 3352
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National Taiwan University Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Bai-Chin Lee, MD National Taiwan University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Ssu-Yuan Chen, MD National Taiwan University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Wen-Yih Tseng, MD, PhD National Taiwan University Hospital
Study Director: Ming-Fong Chen, MD, PhD National Taiwan University Hospital
National Taiwan University Hospital
November 2003

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