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Rehabilitation for Patients With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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 October 2007 by Rabin Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Enrolling by invitation
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: October 16, 2007
Last Update Posted: April 8, 2008
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Information provided by:
Rabin Medical Center

Patients suffering from pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) frequently remain symptomatic despite medical therapy. Symptoms include breathlessness, poor exercise capacity and reduced quality of life.

In many other serious heart or lung diseases it has been shown that physical rehabilitation improves patient's fitness and quality of life. In PAH there are no clear guidelines and in general physical activity has traditionally been discouraged, although evidence for this advice is lacking. Interesting research project in Germany showed significant benefit for in-patient rehabilitation in PAH patients.

In this study we will perform a controlled clinical study of out-patient rehabilitation of patients with PAH. We hypothesize that physical training of patients will result in increased exercise capacity and improved quality of life.

Condition Intervention
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Behavioral: Physical training Behavioral: No training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Rabin Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Six minute walking distance [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Echocardiographic parameters [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Quality of life as assessed by the SF-36 [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  • Performance in cardiopulmonary exercise test [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 45
Study Start Date: February 2008
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Physical training
Behavioral: Physical training
Placebo Comparator: 2
No physical training
Behavioral: No training


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All patients must satisfy current diagnostic criteria for pulmonary artery hypertension based on their historical right heart catheter data (within 4 years of study enrollment): Mean PAP >25mmHg at rest or >30mmHg with exercise, by a PCWP <= 15mmHg and by PVR >3 Wood Units.
  • Willing and able to participate in 24 bi-weekly rehabilitation sessions, and medical follow-up.
  • Stable dose of current PAH-specific medication for 3 months prior to enrollment.
  • New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class II-III.
  • Women of child-bearing age must demonstrate adequate contraception or undergo a pregnancy test.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Functional Class NYHA Class I or IV.
  • PAH due to congenital heart disease, left heart disease, chronic lung diseases (VC or FEV1 < 60% of predicted) or chronic hypoxia.
  • Acute intercurrent illness requiring hospital admission in the month proceeding screening.
  • Any non-PAH medical condition likely to interfere with participation in rehabilitation, e.g. musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Any uncontrolled or terminal non-PAH medical condition likely to interfere with completion of the study, according to the judgment of the study physician.
  • Participation in another rehabilitation scheme within 6 months of enrollment in the study.
  • Current participation in another clinical trial.
  • Pregnancy or planned pregnancy during the study period.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00544726

Pulmonary Institute, Rabin Medical Center
Petach Tikva, Israel, 49100
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rabin Medical Center
Study Director: Mordechai R Kramer, MD Rabin Medical Center
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00544726     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: rmc074491ctl
First Submitted: October 15, 2007
First Posted: October 16, 2007
Last Update Posted: April 8, 2008
Last Verified: October 2007

Keywords provided by Rabin Medical Center:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Familial Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Hypertension, Pulmonary
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases