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Cardiovascular Effects of Chronic Sildenafil in Men With Type 2 Diabetes (CECSID)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00692237
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 6, 2008
Results First Posted : May 15, 2012
Last Update Posted : May 8, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Andrea M. Isidori, University of Roma La Sapienza

Brief Summary:

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) represents a model of endothelial dysfunction, where chronic nitric oxide deprivation, hyperglycaemia and hyperinsulinemia and fibrogenic mediators lead to cardiovascular remodelling associated with diabetic cardiomyopathy and in consequence to secondary complications of diabetes. Specific anti-oxidative and anti-fibrotic therapies are not currently available. Sildenafil (Viagra) has demonstrated the capability of significantly improving endothelial dysfunction and cardiac fibrosis in experimental animal models.

The purpose of the present study is performed to establish the effect of chronic high dose sildenafil treatment on heart performance in diabetic subjects.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 Endothelial Dysfunction Drug: Sildenafil Drug: Placebo Phase 4

Detailed Description:

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) represents a model of endothelial dysfunction at central and peripheral levels, where chronic nitric oxide deprivation, due to hyperglycaemia, leads to a loss of vascular endothelium-relaxant function and ischaemia-reperfusion ventricular damage. Since haemodynamic and oxidative stress could trigger a pro-inflammatory process of the intracardiac vasculature, endothelial cells activated in turns can produce fibrogenic mediators and induce fibroblast activation and myocardial fibrosis. Moreover, the increase of insulin levels of T2DM induces cardiotoxicity increasing the expression of ventricular angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1). All these mechanisms lead to cardiovascular remodelling associated with diabetic cardiomyopathy that is characterized by an impairment of heart diastolic performance with a ventricular hypertrophy and a dilatation and an increase of heart torsion.

Specific anti-oxidative and anti-fibrotic therapies are not currently available. Phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors (PDE5i) work to improve endothelial dysfunction by preventing the breakdown of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), resulting in increased cellular content and consequent relaxation of smooth muscle cells of all systemic arteries and veins. PDE5i have therefore the potential to impact the cardiovascular performance, acting on all these mechanisms.

The aim of the study is to evaluate the cardiovascular effects of the chronic (3 months) high dose (100 mg daily) sildenafil treatment in patient with type 2 diabetes. We will analyze the changes in parameters of endothelial dysfunction and heart remodelling and in metabolic indices. We will evaluate the outcomes at day 90. Moreover we will estimate if the changes in endothelial function will be sustained 30 days after discontinuing treatment.

This is designed as a phase IV study on chronic treatment with a cohort size of 30 patients randomized to receive Sildenafil and 20 patients randomized to placebo. Accounting for a 15% drop off, a total enrollment of 60 patients is planned. Patients will begin a washout from PDE5i in the first visit (4 weeks before the beginning of the treatment). Evaluation of potential toxicity will be monitored throughout the course of treatment. Follow-up visits will take place at days + 30, +60, +90 (end of treatment) and +120. Plasma and serum monitoring of basal and postprandial glycaemia and insulinemia, hematochemical routine, VEGF, hormones and others cytokines and albuminuria will be made prior to treatment, at days 30, 60, 90, 120. Measurements of cine-MRI, FMD and blood pressure Holter 24h will be made at time 0 and at days 90.

The long-term objective is to identify a safe and easily administered treatment that improves functional outcome in diabetic patients.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 59 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cardiovascular Effects of Chronic Sildenafil (Viagra) Treatment in Diabetic Subjects With Endothelial Dysfunction.
Study Start Date : January 2008
Primary Completion Date : September 2009
Study Completion Date : December 2009

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: 1
Sildenafil 100 mg
Drug: Sildenafil
100 mg daily (3 capsules/day)
Other Names:
  • - Viagra 25 mg
  • - Viagra 50 mg
Placebo Comparator: 2
Placebo 100 mg
Drug: Placebo
Placebo 100 mg (3 capsules/day)

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Left Ventricular Torsion Defined as Change in Ventricular Mid-wall Rotation (°) Measured by Cine-Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Imaging With Tagging, Before and After Three Months of Treatment With Sildenafil and Placebo (100 mg/Day). [ Time Frame: 0 and + 3 months ]
    Diabetic cardiomyopathy and hypertrophy are characterized by an increase in cardiac torsion Normal value of rotation are < 12°; in hypertrophic heart such values can raise up to 20-25°. A reduction in left ventricular wall rotation is a sign of improvement after removal of known causes of hypertrophy (for example after surgical repair of aortic stenosis). Based on previous studies a reduction of 3 degrees (°) is considered clinically significant.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Ejection Fraction (EF) Defined as the Volume of Blood Ejected With Each Beat Was Measured on Cine-Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Images Before and After Three Months Treatment With Sildenafil and Placebo (100 mg/Day). [ Time Frame: 0 and + 3 months ]
    The volume of blood within a ventricle immediately before a contraction is known as the end-diastolic volume; the volume of blood left in a ventricle at the end of contraction is end-systolic volume. The difference between end-diastolic volume and end-systolic volumes is the volume of blood ejected with each beat. Ejection fraction (Ef) is the fraction of the end-diastolic volume that is ejected with each beat; expressed as percentage of EDV. This is a measure of cardiac performance that can be deteriorated in diabetic cardiomyopathy.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   35 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Patients age 35-75
  • Metabolic control of diabetes by diet or oral treatment (unmodified in the last 3 months)
  • Blood pressure <160/100 mmHg, including subjects with controlled hypertension, treated with ACE-inhibitors/sartans, unmodified in the last 3 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participation in another study with an investigational drug or device
  • HbA1c >12%
  • Alterations during ECG stress examination
  • Current use of nitrate agents
  • Proliferative retinopathy
  • Patients with history of cardiovascular and malignant disease
  • Psychosocial disturbance
  • Alcohol or drug dependence
  • Allergy or hypersensitivity to sildenafil or other Phosphodiesterase inhibitors.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00692237

Dipartimento di Fisiopatologia Medica - Policlinico Umberto I
Rome, Italy, 00161
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Roma La Sapienza
Principal Investigator: Andrea Lenzi, MD, PhD University of Roma La Sapienza

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Andrea M. Isidori, Professor, University of Roma La Sapienza
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00692237     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 746/07
First Posted: June 6, 2008    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: May 15, 2012
Last Update Posted: May 8, 2013
Last Verified: May 2013

Keywords provided by Andrea M. Isidori, University of Roma La Sapienza:
Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Endothelial dysfunction

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Sildenafil Citrate
Vasodilator Agents
Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibitors
Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Urological Agents