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Rho Kinase (ROCK) Inhibition in Carotid Atherosclerosis

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 May 2010 by Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Information provided by:
Brigham and Women's Hospital Identifier:
First received: April 29, 2008
Last updated: May 3, 2010
Last verified: May 2010
To evaluate the causal relationship between Rho/Rho kinase overactivity and mechanisms of vascular dysfunction in patients with atherosclerosis.

Condition Intervention Phase
Carotid Stenosis
Drug: fasudil
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Official Title: The Effect of Fasudil on Rho Kinase Activity in Patients Scheduled for Elective Carotid Endarterectomy

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Decrease in Rho/ROCK expression with concordant increase in eNOS expression/activity in carotid specimens. [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: April 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Drug: fasudil
40 mg orally three times daily


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects with >= 70% carotid stenosis (unilateral or bilateral) who are scheduled to undergo elective carotid endarterectomy
  • Age >= 18 years
  • Agreement of the operating surgeon for patient to participate

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Surgery scheduled < 14 days after randomization
  • Pregnancy
  • ALT, GGT > 3x upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Creatinine > 3.5 mg/dL
  • Prior intolerance to statins
  • Reluctance to add or change dosage of statin therapy during study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00670202

Contact: Anju Nohria, MD 617 525-6852
Contact: Jeanne Doyle, BS, RN. BC 617 525-7055

United States, Massachusetts
Brigham and Women's Hospital Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Contact: Anju Nohria, MD    617-525-6852   
Contact: Jeanne Doyle, BS, RN, BC    617 525-7055   
Principal Investigator: Mark A. Creager, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Anju Nohria, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Christopher Owens, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Principal Investigator: Anju Nohria, MD Brigham and Women's Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mark A. Creager, Brigham and Women's Hospital Identifier: NCT00670202     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: P-002369
Study First Received: April 29, 2008
Last Updated: May 3, 2010

Keywords provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital:
Patients scheduled for elective carotid endarterectomy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carotid Stenosis
Carotid Artery Diseases
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Calcium Channel Blockers
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Vasodilator Agents
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
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