Evaluation of Atorvastatin on Atherosclerosis Composition
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00576576|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 19, 2007
Results First Posted : October 18, 2013
Last Update Posted : December 24, 2013
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment|
The primary goal of this project is to evaluate the effect of the cholesterol lowering drug Atorvastatin on the composition and character of coronary atherosclerosis (heart blockages). Atorvastatin is known to reduce cholesterol, reduce cardiac events, and halt the progression of coronary atherosclerosis. However, the reduction in cardiac events is out of proportion to the reductions in the total amount of atherosclerosis. Thus, the drug likely decreases cardiac events by changing the composition of the coronary atherosclerotic plaques. It is likely that the drug causes the "heart blockage" to change from a "vulnerable plaque" to a "stable" plaque. There are several features of "vulnerable plaques" that can be detected in arteries of the heart using intravascular ultrasound. The goal of this project is to examine the effects of atorvastatin on atherosclerosis plaque composition using this intravascular ultrasound in patients undergoing serial cardiac catheterizations. Our hypothesis is that atorvastatin will reduce the number of "vulnerable plaques" and increase the number of "stable plaques" seen by intravascular ultrasound. We plan to enroll a total of 20 patients. The patients will be evaluated by cardiac catheterization with intravascular ultrasound analysis and then be treated with atorvastatin for 6 months. These 20 patients will return to the cardiac catheterization laboratory 6 months later for a repeat catheterization with intravascular ultrasound evaluation.
The secondary goal of this proposal is to evaluate in humans the relationship between coronary atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries of the heart) and wall shear stress (the force generated against the wall of the artery by the flow of blood). The reason for this sub-study is that there is great interest in understanding the characteristics that cause the progression of coronary atherosclerosis. Local forces such as shear stress may play an important role in the focal progression of "vulnerable" atherosclerotic plaques. Indeed, low shear stress is known to be an important factor in the early formation of atherosclerosis. However, the relationship of low shear stress to development and progression of advanced "rupture prone" ("vulnerable") plaques has not been elucidated. Our hypotheses are: (1) "Vulnerable plaques" are more commonly located at areas of low shear stress(2) "Vulnerable plaques" at areas of low shear stress are more likely to progress over the following 6 months than plaques located in normal shear stress regions.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||27 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||The Evaluation of Atorvastatin on Wall Shear Stress, Atherosclerosis Composition, and Microvascular Function in Patients With Moderate Coronary Disease|
|Study Start Date :||July 2007|
|Primary Completion Date :||March 2010|
|Study Completion Date :||March 2010|
All patients in this arm are given atorvastatin therapy.
Atorvastatin 80 mg a day
- Change in Necrotic Core Volume [ Time Frame: 6 months ]Virtual Histology-Intravascular Ultrasound (VH-IVUS) defined necrotic core cross sectional area (CSA) measured in each VH-IVUS frame and averaged over length of studied vessel at baseline and follow -up. Change in necrotic core CSA between baseline and follow-up was calculated (subtracting the baseline value from the follow-up value).
- Change in Atheroma Volume [ Time Frame: 6 months ]Change in atheroma volume between baseline and follow-up is reported. This was derived by subtracting the baseline value from the 6-month value.
- Change in Fibrous Plaque Volume [ Time Frame: 6 months ]Change in fibrous plaque volume between baseline and follow-up. This was derived by subtracting the baseline value from the 6-month value.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00576576
|United States, Georgia|
|Emory University Hospital|
|Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30322|
|Principal Investigator:||Habib Samady, MD||Emory University|