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VEAPS: Vitamin E Atherosclerosis Prevention Study

This study has been completed.
Hoffmann-La Roche
Information provided by:
National Institute on Aging (NIA) Identifier:
First received: June 14, 2005
Last updated: December 9, 2009
Last verified: June 2005
The purpose of this study is to examine whether vitamin E (DL-alpha-tocopherol) supplementation will reduce the progression of early atherosclerosis in healthy individuals over 40 years of age with low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels greater than or equal to 130mg/dL.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: DL-alpha-tocopherol
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: VEAPS: Vitamin E Atherosclerosis Prevention Study

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Further study details as provided by National Institute on Aging (NIA):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Rate of change of the distal common carotid artery (CCA) far wall intima-media thickness (IMT)

Estimated Enrollment: 353
Study Start Date: July 1996
Study Completion Date: September 2000
Primary Completion Date: September 2000 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

The primary hypothesis to be tested is that vitamin E supplementation of 400 IU/day exerts positive arterial wall effects by reducing progression of early atherosclerosis in healthy individuals 40 years old or older without clinical evidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Ultrasonography will be used to measure the rate of change of the distal common carotid artery (CCA) far wall intima-media thickness (IMT). The beneficial effects of vitamin E supplementation are expected to occur with or without a change in LDL-C levels.

A total of 353 men and women will be recruited for the three-year trial. Participants will be randomized into a treatment group to receive either vitamin E (DL-alpha-tocopherol) 400 IU/day or a placebo. The ultrasound measurement of CCA IMT will be repeated every six months for two years.


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female
  • 40 years or older
  • Fasting LDL-C level 130 mg/dL or greater, TG (triglyceride) levels 500mg/dL or lower

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any clinical signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • Diabetes mellitus or fasting serum glucose 140mg/dL or greater
  • Regular vitamin E supplementation for more than 1 year
  • Lipid standardized plasma vitamin E levels greater than 35 micromoles per liter (μmol/L)
  • Uncontrolled hypertension (diastolic blood pressure 100 mmHg or greater)
  • Thyroid disease (untreated)
  • Renal insufficiency (serum creatinine greater than 2.5 mg/dL)
  • Life threatening disease with prognosis less than 5 years
  • Alcohol intake greater than 5 drinks per day (1 drink = 1 1/2 oz distilled spirits, 4 oz wine, or 12 oz beer) or substance abuse (intravenous drug abuse, cocaine use)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00114387

United States, California
Atherosclerosis Research Unit, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90033
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Hoffmann-La Roche
Principal Investigator: Howard N. Hodis, MD University of Southern California, Atherosclerosis Research Unit, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00114387     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AG0023
R01AG013860 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: June 14, 2005
Last Updated: December 9, 2009

Keywords provided by National Institute on Aging (NIA):
vitamin E

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Vitamin E
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
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