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Cardiac Rehabilitation for TIA Patients (CR-TIA)

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 March 2014 by Lawson Health Research Institute.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Neville Suskin, Lawson Health Research Institute Identifier:
First received: September 27, 2007
Last updated: March 26, 2014
Last verified: March 2014
The purpose of this study is to determine, in patients following a TIA, whether a 6-month case-managed exercise based multi-factorial cardiac rehabilitation program (CR), similar to those used in patients following a heart attack, can significantly improve exercise capacity, reduce cholesterol, reduce depression, and improve thinking ability.

Condition Intervention Phase
TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)
Behavioral: Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR)
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Programming For Patients Following Transient Ischemic Attack

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Further study details as provided by Lawson Health Research Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine compared to usual care, whether a 6-month CR strategy results in significant improvements of functional capacity, lipid profile, depression symptoms and cognition. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Outcomes include cerebrovascular and cardiovascular events, pre-post changes in physiological, anthropometric and behavioral vascular risk factors, neurocognitive measures, and quality of life. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: September 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Usual Care
Usual Care as provided through the Stroke Prevention Clinic
Active Comparator: Cardiac Rehabilitation
Usual Care plus Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Behavioral: Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR)
6-month Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program consisting of: 1) initial medical assessment by case manager and physician to determine CR strategies; 2) entry exercise stress test; 3) multi-disciplinary assessment and intervention to achieve risk factor targets in nutrition & psychological services as needed; 4) twice per week supervised exercise training and twice per week home-based exercise following an individualized, progressive prescription; 5) Exit assessment at 6 months.
Other Name: Cardiac Rehabilitation

Detailed Description:
Similar risk factors predispose patients to both cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events. Two hundred consecutive patients from Stroke Prevention Clinics (SPC) at London Health Sciences Centre and the Ottawa Hospital (100 patients from each site) who have sustained a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or mild non-disabling stroke will participate in a randomized controlled trial in which they will either receive Usual Care (UC) as delivered by the SPC, or enter the existing multi-disciplinary 6-month comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation (CR) intervention at LHSC and Ottawa in addition to receiving UC. This study seeks to determine the benefits of providing a CR program to TIA/mild non-disabling stroke patients.

Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Documented TIA or mild non-disabling stroke within the previous 3 months.
  • At least one of the following vascular risk factors: hypertension, ischemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia or cigarette smoking

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to speak or understand English or provide informed consent.
  • Severe aphasia that renders communication difficult or impossible.
  • Modified Rankin Scale score of greater than or equal to 3.
  • Mini-Mental Status Examination score of less than or equal to 20.
  • Evidence of intracranial hemorrhage confirmed by CT scan or MRI study.
  • Anticipated or recent (<30 days) carotid endarterectomy, angioplasty and/or stenting.
  • Resides >1 hour travel time from London or Ottawa.
  • Prior participation in a CCR program.
  • Inability to perform expected exercise training of CCR program.
  • Evidence of cardioembolic source for TIA/stroke such as atrial fibrillation, valvular disease, septal defect or left ventricular wall motion abnormality.
  • Participation in another clinical trial that could interfere with the intervention or outcomes of the current study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00536562

Canada, Ontario
London Health Sciences Centre
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5A5
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1Y 4W7
Sponsors and Collaborators
Lawson Health Research Institute
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
Principal Investigator: Neville G. Suskin, MBChB, MSc University of Western Ontario & London Health Sciences Centre
  More Information

Responsible Party: Neville Suskin, Principal Investigator, Lawson Health Research Institute Identifier: NCT00536562     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R-07-251
Study First Received: September 27, 2007
Last Updated: March 26, 2014

Keywords provided by Lawson Health Research Institute:
Comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation
Randomized Controlled Trial
TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)
Mild Non-Disabling Stroke
Vascular Protection

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ischemic Attack, Transient
Pathologic Processes
Brain Ischemia
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on April 27, 2017