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Carvedilol Versus Verapamil in Chronic Heart Failure Secondary to Non-Ischemic Cardiomyopathy

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified January 2006 by Medical University of Silesia.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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Medical University of Silesia Identifier:
First received: July 3, 2006
Last updated: October 17, 2006
Last verified: January 2006
Accumulated clinical and experimental data suggest that dysfunctional coronary microcirculation plays a pivotal role in the progression of heart failure despite an optimal therapy used. Therefore, we hypothesize that improvement in microvascular function by calcium antagonist, verapamil may result in additional clinical benefit. Thus, the aim of this study is to compare the effect of treatment with verapamil or carvedilol on long-term outcomes in stable, chronic heart failure secondary to non-ischemic cardiomyopathy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Systolic Heart Failure
Myocardial Disease
Drug: Verapamil
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prospective, Randomized Comparison of Therapy With Verapamil or Carvedilol on Long-Term Outcomes of Patients With Chronic Heart Failure Secondary to Non-Ischemic Cardiomyopathy

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Further study details as provided by Medical University of Silesia:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • NT-proBNP; LVEF(radionuclide ventriculography; LVFS; LVDD/LVSD, NYHA class, V02, 6 min walking test, MLWHFQ.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Death; Heart transplantation; Readmission to hospital.

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: January 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2007
Detailed Description:

Heart failure, irrespective of its etiology may be viewed as a progressive disorder initiated by a different events and sustained by a multifaceted pathophysiological mechanisms. Regardless of the nature of the initiating events and optimized therapy used, loss of functioning cardiac myocytes developed and the disease progressed. One potential explanation for such progression is that not all pathological mechanisms underlying the disease are antagonized enough by currently used therapeutic strategy. Accordingly, impaired myocardial perfusion secondary to microvascular dysfunction has been postulated to play a major role in the progression of heart failure despite standard therapy for heart failure (1). It has been hypothesized that diffuse subendocardial ischemia due to altered coronary physiology may contribute to the global cardiac dysfunction seen in heart failure patients (2). Accordingly, coronary endothelial dysfunction at the microvascular and epicardial level in patients with acute-onset idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and chronic congestive heart failure has been reported (3,4) Thus, taking all mentioned above into account, the improvement in endothelial function and diminishing of subendocardial ischemia with calcium antagonists may be promising in terms of using these drugs for therapy of patients with stable chronic heart failure. The previous randomized study (5) and our long-term pilot study support this point of view.

  1. Neglia D, Michelassi C, Trivieri MG, et al. Prognostic role of myocardial blood flow impairment in idiopathic left ventricular dysfunction. Circulation 2002;105:186-193.
  2. Unverferth DV, Magorien RD, Lewis RP, et al. The role of subendocardial ischemia in perpetuating myocardial failure in patients with nonischemic congestive cardiomyopathy. Am Heart J 1983;105:176-179.
  3. Mathier MA, Rose GA, Fifer MA, et al. Coronary endothelial dysfunction in patients with acute-onset idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. J Am Coll Cardiol 1998;32:216-224.
  4. Chong AY, Blann AD, Patel J, et al. Endothelial dysfunction and damage in congestive heart failure. Relation of flow-mediated dilation to circulating endothelial cells, plasma indexes of endothelial damage, and brain natriuretic peptide. Circulation 2004;110:1794-1798.
  5. Figulla HR, Gietzen F, Zeymer U, et al. Diltiazem improves cardiac function and exercise capacity in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Results of diltiazem in dilated cardiomyopathy trial. Circulation 1996;94:346-352.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Chronic heart failure (NYHA II and III; LV ejection fraction, ≤ 35%) secondary to non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. Stable condition at least 6 months before enrollment on conventional therapy (beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors and diuretics).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • improvement in clinical status on conventional therapy in out-patients period preceded hospitalization
  • any changes narrowing epicardial coronary arteries in coronary angiography,
  • insulin dependent diabetes,
  • valvular heart disease (except the relative mitral regurgitation),
  • endocrine disease,
  • lack of written informed consent,
  • significant renal and liver diseases,
  • drug or alcohol abuse,
  • therapy with steroids or calcium blockers within 3 months before screening
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00348530

Silesian Center for Heart Disease, IIIrd Department of Cardiology, Silesian Medical University Recruiting
Zabrze, Poland, 41-800
Contact: Romuald Wojnicz, MD, PhD    +48-32-2732272   
Principal Investigator: Romuald Wojnicz, MD, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Ewa Nowalany-Kozielska, MD, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Jolanta Nowak, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Bożena Szyguła-Jurkiewicz, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Krzysztof Wilczek, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University of Silesia
Principal Investigator: Romuald Wojnicz, MD, PhD Medical University of Silesia
  More Information Identifier: NCT00348530     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CavsBe.2006
Study First Received: July 3, 2006
Last Updated: October 17, 2006

Keywords provided by Medical University of Silesia:
Systolic heart failure; Therapy; Cardiomyopathy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Heart Failure, Systolic
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists
Adrenergic Antagonists
Adrenergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antihypertensive Agents
Vasodilator Agents
Adrenergic alpha-1 Receptor Antagonists
Adrenergic alpha-Antagonists
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Calcium Channel Blockers
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