Estrogen, Cytokines and Heart Failure in Women

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Identifier:
First received: July 8, 2002
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: May 2005

To determine the effects of estrogen therapy on postmenopausal women with congestive heart failure.

Condition Intervention
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Failure, Congestive
Heart Diseases
Drug: Hormone Replacement Therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Double-Blind

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

Study Start Date: December 2001
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2003
Detailed Description:


Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a leading cause of morbidity, mortality, and hospitalization in women. The increase in mortality suggests that postmenopausal estrogen loss may alter the phenotypic expression of CHF. Because estrogen is a potent in vitro inhibitor of pro-inflammatory cytokines (e.g., TNFa, IL-1B, IL-6), which are re-expressed by the failing myocardium in patients with CHF and are related to an adverse prognosis, the study postulates that estrogen replacement will improve the outcome of postmenopausal women with CHF.


The randomized, double blind study was conducted in 166 postmenopausal women with congestive heart failure due to idiopathic (i.e.nonischemic) dilated cardiomyopathy and NYHA class II or III symptoms on either combined estrogen and progestin or placebo. Women maintained their then current congestive heart failure medications for six months. Three outcomes were measured: 1) Congestive heart failure severity/functional capacity quantified by maximum oxygen consumption during metabolic stress testing; 2) Left and right ventricular remodeling quantified by electron bean CT scan; 3) quality of life assessment by the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure and Kansas City cardiomyopathy questionnaires. In addition, measurements were made of pro-inflammatory markers, that had been demonstrated to be elevated in congestive heart failure to assess whether hormone replacement therapy reduced them.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Postmenopausal women with NYHA Class II or Class III congestive heart failure due to idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00041431

Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigator: Steven Reis University of Pittsburgh
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00041431     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1181
Study First Received: July 8, 2002
Last Updated: June 23, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases processed this record on March 30, 2015