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Myocardial Infarction Size Reduction With Atorvastatin

This study has been completed.
UMC Utrecht
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R&D Cardiologie Identifier:
First received: February 2, 2006
Last updated: May 20, 2008
Last verified: May 2008
The purpose of this study is to determine if oral atorvastatin administered just before percutaneous coronary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction improves early and late heart function as compared to placebo.

Condition Intervention Phase
Myocardial Infarction Reperfusion Injury Drug: Atorvastatin Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prevention of Reperfusion Damage and Late Left Ventricular Remodelling With Atorvastatin Administered Before Reperfusion Therapy. The REPERATOR Study

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Further study details as provided by R&D Cardiologie:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Left ventricular end systolic volume index as measured by cine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 3 month follow-up

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Other MRI measurements of global and regional left ventricular function
  • MRI measurements of infarct size at admission, 1 week, and 3 months, as well as changes in these measures between MRI investigations
  • Biochemical markers of infarct size
  • Blush grade

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: February 2006
Study Completion Date: February 2008
Primary Completion Date: February 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Left ventricular remodelling after a myocardial infarction refers to changes in shape and function of the infarcted and uninfarcted myocardium. Remodelling begins minutes after acute myocardial infarction and may continue for months or years, leading to dilation of the left ventricle (LV) and an increased LV volume. As studies show, LV volume strongly correlates with long-term mortality. Reperfusion after a period of ischaemia (through medication or PTCA) leads to so-called 'reperfusion injury'. This results in myocardial dysfunction and damage, which can lead to LV remodelling.

In a study where atorvastatin was administered at the onset of reperfusion infarct size was reduced. Atorvastatin led to protection of the reperfused myocardium, independently of its effects on cholesterol.

The objective is to measure the effect of atorvastatin, administered orally before reperfusion therapy by PTCA, on infarct size and microvascular reperfusion.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Consecutive patients (aged > 18 years) who are to undergo a primary PCI for a first acute ST elevation myocardial infarction will be asked to participate in this study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous myocardial infarction
  • Previous coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Cardiac rhythm is other than normal sinus rhythm.
  • Electrical instability.
  • The patient is in Killip class 3 or 4 of heart failure.
  • Need for intra aortic balloon counterpulsation therapy
  • The patient is unable to hold his/her breath for up to 20 seconds due to age or concomitant illness.
  • Implanted electronic devices are present: pacemakers, internal defibrillators, ECG-registration devices, neurostimulators, implanted drug infusion devices, cochlear implants etc.
  • Previous vascular surgery: aneurysm clip, carotid artery vascular clamp, aortic clips, or venous umbrella
  • Prosthesis (orbital/penile, etc.)
  • Spinal/intra-ventricular shunts.
  • Swan-Ganz catheter; transdermal delivery systems.
  • Metal fragments: eye, head, ear, skin.
  • Implants held by magnets.
  • Known allergy to MR contrast media
  • Prior use of statins
  • No PCI performed
  • No recanalisation achieved
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00286312

St. Antonius Hospital
Nieuwegein, Netherlands, 3435CM
University Medical Centre Utrecht
Utrecht, Netherlands
Sponsors and Collaborators
R&D Cardiologie
UMC Utrecht
Principal Investigator: Benno Rensing, MD, PhD St. Antonius Ziekenhuis Nieuwegein
  More Information Identifier: NCT00286312     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RDC-2005-02
Study First Received: February 2, 2006
Last Updated: May 20, 2008

Keywords provided by R&D Cardiologie:
Acute myocardial infarction
Primary angioplasty
Reperfusion damage
Early left ventricular remodelling
Late left ventricular remodelling
Cardiac MRI
Transluminal, Percutaneous Coronary

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Myocardial Infarction
Reperfusion Injury
Ventricular Remodeling
Pathologic Processes
Myocardial Ischemia
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Postoperative Complications
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Atorvastatin Calcium
Anticholesteremic Agents
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
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