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Differences in Epicardial Plaque and Microvascular Function in Women With an Acute Myocardial Infarction

This study has been completed.
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First received: December 21, 2007
Last updated: April 13, 2011
Last verified: April 2011
The broad objective is to advance our understanding of both in vivo anatomical and functional changes that are present in the coronary arteries in women who have an acute coronary syndrome. Specific focus will be placed on the age of the women as there may be distinct differences in younger women (< 50 years) given the marked increase in mortality in this population.

Condition Intervention
Myocardial Infarction Procedure: IVUS

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Differences in Epicardial Plaque and Microvascular Function in Women With an Acute Myocardial Infarction

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Further study details as provided by Mayo Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Plaque Virtual Histology [ Time Frame: Performed during PCI ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Endothelial Progenitor Cells [ Time Frame: Collected immediately pre PCI ]
  • Microvascular function in the noninfarct related vessel [ Time Frame: Assessed immediately post PCI ]
  • Virtual Histology in noninfarct related vessel [ Time Frame: Assessed immediately post PCI ]

Enrollment: 65
Study Start Date: March 2007
Study Completion Date: December 2010
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Gender comparison
Procedure: IVUS
Intravascular ultrasound with virtual histology

Detailed Description:

The hypothesis of the current study is that plaque erosion and microvascular dysfunction are key features responsible for the increased peri-MI mortality in young women. In order to test this hypothesis the following specific aims are proposed using a special intravascular ultrasound technique called virtual histology and microvascular function (effect of intracoronary adenosine on coronary blood flow) in patients coming to the cardiac catheterization laboratory with an acute MI:

  1. To determine if plaque rupture or plaque erosion is more prevalent in young women (<50 years) compared with older women (≥ 50 years) and men in the development of an acute MI
  2. To determine if inflammatory mediators of plaque rupture are higher in older women and men with an acute MI compared with younger women
  3. To determine if microvascular function is abnormal in young women undergoing percutaneous coronary revascularization with an acute MI compared to older women and men
  4. To determine if alterations exist in the number and function of EPCs in young women (<50 years) compared with older women (≥ 50 years) and men who have had an acute MI and to determine the association with microvascular function

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age of 18 years or older
  • Acute coronary syndrome defined as at least two of the following:

A) an elevated cardiac biomarker (troponin or CK-MB), B) new or dynamic ECG changes in at least 2 contiguous standard electrocardiographic leads of ST depression > 1 mm or ST elevation of >1 mm or T-wave inversions, C) chest pain or discomfort of at least 15 minutes duration, D) a new wall motion abnormality by echocardiography

  • Patient who is undergoing coronary angiography
  • Physician planning to perform IVUS for treatment of the infarct-related vessel

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Creatinine > 2.0 mg/dL (most recent)
  • Hemodynamically unstable patients (systolic blood pressure < 90 mmHg or heart rate > 110 beats/ minute or presence of an intra-aortic balloon pump)
  • Coronary revascularization (percutaneously or surgically) within 6 months
  • The use of chronic immunosuppressive agents
  • No target lesion was found at the time of cardiac catheterization that will be percutaneously intervened upon (the patient must undergo percutaneous coronary intervention)
  • Inability to give informed consent
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • Prisoners
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00587002

United States, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mayo Clinic
Principal Investigator: Patricia M. Best, M.D. Mayo Clinic
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Patricia Best, M.D., Mayo Clinic Identifier: NCT00587002     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 07-001023
Study First Received: December 21, 2007
Last Updated: April 13, 2011

Keywords provided by Mayo Clinic:
Acute Coronary Syndrome

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Myocardial Infarction
Pathologic Processes
Myocardial Ischemia
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
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