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Endothelial Vasomotor Function in the Framingham Study

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00005751
First Posted: May 26, 2000
Last Update Posted: May 13, 2016
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Information provided by:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  Purpose
To determine whether the presence of endothelial dysfunction is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease events.

Condition
Cardiovascular Diseases Heart Diseases

Study Type: Observational

Further study details as provided by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI):

Study Start Date: December 1998
Study Completion Date: November 2003
Detailed Description:

BACKGROUND:

Current research suggests that loss of the vasodilator, anti-thrombotic, and anti-inflammatory properties of the vascular endothelium plays a dynamic role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. Impaired endothelial function, including impaired nitric oxide-dependent vasodilation is associated with cardiovascular disease risk factors. Further, there is growing evidence that endothelial function can be improved by risk modification. However, the available studies have not definitively resolved the issue of the cross-sectional correlates of endothelial dysfunction because they have been limited to small samples of highly selected patients. For example, it remains unclear whether hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, or elevated glucose levels are independent determinants of endothelial dysfunction. Most importantly, no study has shown a relation between endothelial dysfunction and increased cardiovascular risk. Such a demonstration would increase our understanding of the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease and aid clinicians in identifying high risk individuals who would benefit most from intervention.

DESIGN NARRATIVE:

Using non-invasive brachial artery ultrasound, endothelial function was examined in about 3,800 men and women of the Framingham Heart Study. The cross-sectional correlates of endothelial function with known coronary risk factors were examined and cross-sectional analyses were performed on the relation of endothelial function to prevalent cardiovascular disease. Observations were made of the adjusted relation of endothelial function to incident and recurrent cardiovascular events. The central hypothesis was that the presence of endothelial dysfunction was an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease events.

The study completion date listed in this record was obtained from the "End Date" entered in the Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS) record.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 100 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria
No eligibility criteria
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00005751


Sponsors and Collaborators
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Investigators
OverallOfficial: Emilia Benjamin Boston University