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Intravenous Fish Oil in Critically Ill Cardiac Patients (FO-cardiac)

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: August 15, 2007
Last Update Posted: February 17, 2016
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mette M Berger, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois
A large body of evidence has accumulated showing that n-3 PUFAs exert extensive cardiac effects. The development of commercial solutions of FO opens perspectives for therapeutic applications in patients with acute cardiac conditions.the 3 following hypotheses will be addressed in patients requiring cardiac surgery under cardiopulmonary bypass or after myocardial infarction:perioperative /post-PTCA intravenous fish oil modifies the composition of membrane phospholipids in platelets and cardiac cells, blunts the physiological response to cardiac surgery/myocardial infarction, and reduces the incidence of arrhythmias, and reduces the occurrence of systolic dysfunction.

Condition Intervention Phase
Coronary Artery Disease Drug: Fish oil emulsion Drug: Saline Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Effects of Intravenous n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Administration in Critically Ill Cardiac Surgery and Myocardial Infarction Patients

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Further study details as provided by Mette M Berger, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Incorporation of n-3 PUFA into platelet cell membrane and myocardial tissue [ Time Frame: 48 hours ]
    The primary outcome is the determination of magnitude of the incorporation and the time required for incorporation of omega-3 fatty acid cell membrane composition after short intravenous infusions was unknown until the present study (HPLC determination of fatty acid membrane composition in all patients)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Inflammatory and metabolic response [ Time Frame: From operation to ICU discharge (maximum 28 days) ]
    cytokine determination, CRP, glucose control (blood levels and insulin requirements) in all patients

  • Global clinical outcome [ Time Frame: From operation to hospital discharge (maximum 28 days) ]
    length of mechanical ventilation, length of ICU and hospital stay in all patients

  • Myocardial recovery after surgery [ Time Frame: From operation to hospital discharge (maximum 28 days) ]
    Holter monitoring during cardiac surgery or for 72 hours

Enrollment: 31
Study Start Date: January 2008
Study Completion Date: April 2011
Primary Completion Date: March 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Saline (No lipid emulsion)
Drug: Saline
3 infusions, perioperative or post-PTCA
Experimental: Fish oil emulsion
3 infusions of 0.2 g/kg omega-3 PUFA within 24 hours in cardiac surgery (continuous infusion post-PTCA)
Drug: Fish oil emulsion
0.2 g/kg FO, 3 times in 24 hours, infused over 3 hours each in cardiac surgery, or continuous infusion of 0.6 g/kg post PTCA
Other Name: Omegaven,Fresenius Kabi AG

Detailed Description:

A. Randomized trial in 40 cardiac surgery patients Early rapid infusion of fish oil (3 times in 24 hours) in cardiac surgery patients.

B. Randomized trial 20 myocardial infarction patients (abandonned) Continuous infusion of the same dose over 24hrs in the myocardial infarction patients

Additional trial in healthy volunteers (investigating physiological changes after cardiac study):

-Open trial in 8 healthy lean volunteers to investigate the impact of the same 0.6 g/kg FO dose IV (Week 1: 3hrs), and then orally on week 2, on platelet n-3 PUFA incorporation, platelet function, heart rate and peak flow response to stress test.


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Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Coronary artery disease requiring elective surgical repair under cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Acute myocardial infarction requiring ICU management

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Absence of consent
  • Ventricular ejection fraction < 35%
  • Beating heart surgery or emergency surgery
  • Hypercholesterolemia > 5 mmol/l
  • Thrombolysis
  • Chronic steroid therapy
  • Acute or chronic renal failure prior to surgery (plasma creatinine > 150 umol/l)
  • Chronic coagulation disorder
  • Premenopausal female
  • Consumption of more than 3 times fish per week
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00516178

Lausanne, VD, Switzerland, 1011
Service of Adult Intensive Care - CHUV
Lausanne, VD, Switzerland, 1011
Sponsors and Collaborators
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois
Study Director: Mette M Berger, MD, PhD Serviceof Adult Intensive Care, CHUV
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Mette M Berger, Prof, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00516178     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FN-3200BO-102064
First Submitted: August 14, 2007
First Posted: August 15, 2007
Last Update Posted: February 17, 2016
Last Verified: February 2016

Keywords provided by Mette M Berger, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois:
Fish oil supplement
n-3 PUFA
Cardiac function
Membrane incorporation
Clinical outcome

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Coronary Artery Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Coronary Disease
Critical Illness
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes