Early Therapeutic Effects of Statins and Fibrates on Unstable Atherosclerotic Plaques

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
(The study chair changed his employment, the realization of the study was not possible)
Information provided by:
University Hospital Muenster
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: October 21, 2005
Last updated: November 16, 2007
Last verified: November 2007

Rupture of unstable atherosclerotic plaques is the underlying pathophysiologic mechanism of acute coronary syndromes and thus also of perioperative myocardial ischemia. Lipid lowering drugs such as statins and fibrates have been shown to improve the outcomes of patients with atherosclerosis. This is not only mediated through their therapeutic actions on lipid metabolism, but relies on a multitude of pleiotropic effects of these substances. One of the most interesting of these effects is the stabilisation of atherosclerotic plaques.

To investigate these effects in a perioperative setting, patients scheduled for thromboendarterectomy of the carotid artery will be recruited. They will be randomised to receive either atorvastatin 10mg/d, gemfibrozil 1200mg/d or placebo for two weeks preoperatively. Specimens of carotid plaques will be obtained intraoperatively. After microscopic characterisation of plaques, DNA-microarray analyses will be done to gain insights into the transcriptional regulation and expression profiles of various types of atherosclerotic plaques under different pharmacological circumstances (stable or unstable with statin/fibrate/placebo).

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Atorvastatin
Drug: Gemfibrozil
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Early Therapeutic Effects of Statins and Fibrates on Unstable Atherosclerotic Plaques: a Randomised Microarray-Study on Endarterectomy Specimens of Human Carotid Arteries

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Further study details as provided by University Hospital Muenster:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • expression profile in atherosclerotic plaque

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: October 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2007

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • atherosclerosis
  • stenosis of carotid artery

Exclusion Criteria:

  • therapy with statine or fibrate
  • pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00243672

Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital Muenster
Principal Investigator: Gregor Theilmeier, MD Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, University Hospital Münster
  More Information

No publications provided

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00243672     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 04-Anast-05 
Study First Received: October 21, 2005
Last Updated: November 16, 2007
Health Authority: Germany: Ethics Commission

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Plaque, Atherosclerotic
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Vascular Diseases

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