Impact of Rosuvastatin on Endothelial Function and Inflammation in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure

This study has been completed.
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University of Leipzig Identifier:
First received: September 10, 2005
Last updated: July 31, 2007
Last verified: July 2007

Statin therapy has been shown to efficiently reduce mortality in patients with coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction, partially as a result of the lipid-lowering properties of statins. However, especially the pleiotropic effects of statins, e.g. their anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties, might be of interest in the treatment of patients with chronic heart failure that are limited in their exercise capacity due to alterations of the skeletal muscle and peripheral endothelial dysfunction.

Aim of this trial is therefore to assess the effects of three months of rosuvastatin treatment on markers of inflammation and oxidative stress in the skeletal muscle and the blood, on postnatal vasculogenesis, and endothelial function of the radial artery in patients with severe chronic heart failure.

Condition Intervention Phase
Heart Failure
Drug: rosuvastatin
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Impact of Three Months of Rosuvastatin Treatment on Peripheral Endothelial Function, Inflammatory Markers in the Blood and the Skeletal Muscle and on Postnatal Vasculogenesis in Patients With Severe Chronic Heart Failure

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Inflammation in the blood and the skeletal muscle
  • Vasculogenesis
  • Endothelial function of the radial artery

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Peak oxygen uptake
  • Left ventricular function

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: March 2004
Study Completion Date: December 2006
Detailed Description:

A total of 40 patients with severe chronic heart failure are prospectively randomized to either 3 months of rosuvastatin or placebo treatment.

Before and after the intervention period maximal exercise capacity is measured by ergospirometry and endothelial function is determined by high-resolution A-mode ultrasound. Skeletal muscle biopsies are obtained at begin and after 3 months and are analyzed for inflammatory markers, measures of oxidative stress and vasculogenesis. Blood samples are assessed with regard to markers of inflammation and oxidative stress as well.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • chronic heart failure (NYHA class III or IV)
  • peak oxygen uptake <20 mL/min/kg body weight
  • left ventricular ejection fraction <30 %
  • left ventricular end-diastolic diameter >55 mm
  • stable medication within the last 4 weeks

Exclusion Criteria:

  • elevated GOT and GPT levels as a sign of hepatic dysfunction
  • elevated creatinine levels as a sign of renal dysfunction
  • insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
  • arterial hypertension
  • muscle disease or elevated CK levels
  • treatment with fibrates
  • co-treatment with drugs that are metabolized by Cyp3A4
  • diseases that disallow a participation in the study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00176332

University of Leipzig, Heart Center, Department of Internal Medicine / Cardiology
Leipzig, Saxony, Germany, 04289
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Leipzig
Principal Investigator: Rainer P Hambrecht, MD University of Leipzig, Heart Center, Department of Internal Medicine / Cardiology
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00176332     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 121/2003
Study First Received: September 10, 2005
Last Updated: July 31, 2007
Health Authority: Germany: Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices

Keywords provided by University of Leipzig:
chronic heart failure
endothelial function
skeletal muscle

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases
Anticholesteremic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
Hypolipidemic Agents
Lipid Regulating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Pharmacologic Actions
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