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Prevalence of Pulmonary Hypertension in COPD Patients

This study has been completed.
Aarhus University Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Charlotte Andersen, University of Aarhus Identifier:
First received: January 31, 2008
Last updated: September 17, 2012
Last verified: September 2012
The prevalence of an increased pulmonary blood pressure amongst patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)is unclear. So is the impact of abnormal pulmonary blood pressure on symptoms. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of an increased pulmonary blood pressure in 200 patients with COPD. Furthermore we will investigate if lung function test results and blood tests can predict an increased pulmonary blood pressure, and explore whether COPD patients with a high pulmonary blood pressure have more symptoms that their co-patients.

Pulmonary Hypertension

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Prevalence and Influence of Pulmonary Hypertension in COPD Patients

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Further study details as provided by University of Aarhus:

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Blood samples

Enrollment: 117
Study Start Date: March 2008
Study Completion Date: March 2011
Primary Completion Date: March 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

The prevalence of pulmonary hypertension in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is unclear. The presence of an abnormally increased pulmonary blood pressure worsens the prognosis of COPD, but the patients are not currently diagnosed or treated for pulmonary hypertension. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of pulmonary hypertension in 200 patients with COPD and explore whether it worsens functional capacity and symptoms. Furthermore we will look into whether blood gas values, NT-proBNP, CRP and lung function test result can predict which patients are at risk of having pulmonary hypertension.

Methods: All patients will be screened by echocardiography. Those with signs of pulmonary hypertension will be admitted to right heart catheterization for direct measurements of pulmonary haemodynamics.

All patients will perform a 6 minutes walk test and spirometry. Blood levels of NT-proBNP and CRP will be measured. Life quality by the St. George Questionnaire and contacts to the health care system is also assessed. Differences in these parameters are analyzed among patients with no, moderate or severe pulmonary hypertension.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
All patients have been admitted to hospital with an exacerbation in COPD in 2006.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of COPD
  • Prior admittance to hospital with exacerbation in COPD
  • Informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Exacerbation in COPD less than 6 weeks before examination
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00614900

Department of pulmonary diseases, Aarhus Sygehus
Århus, Denmark, 8000
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Aarhus
Aarhus University Hospital
Study Director: Ole Hilberg, Md, Aarhus Universitetshospital, Aarhus Sygehus
  More Information

Responsible Party: Charlotte Andersen, MD, University of Aarhus Identifier: NCT00614900     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PreKPH-08
jnr 2007-0206
Study First Received: January 31, 2008
Last Updated: September 17, 2012

Keywords provided by University of Aarhus:
pulmonary hypertension
6 minutes walk test

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hypertension, Pulmonary
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017