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Effects of Oral Levosimendan on Ambulatory Electrocardiographic Variables (Electro)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Orion Corporation, Orion Pharma Identifier:
First received: June 12, 2008
Last updated: November 23, 2009
Last verified: November 2009
The primary objective is to explore the safety of low doses of oral levosimendan in patients with recent history of an ischaemic cerebrovascular event (stroke or TIA). The main focus will be on the evaluation of proarrhythmic potential of the different dose regimens.

Condition Intervention Phase
Transient Ischemic Attack
Drug: Levosimendan
Drug: Placebo
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Oral Levosimendan on Ambulatory Electrocardiographic Variables and Cerebrovascular Reactivity in Patients With Recent Stroke or TIA.

Further study details as provided by Orion Corporation, Orion Pharma:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 24-h Holter reporting [ Time Frame: every 2 weeks ]

Enrollment: 32
Study Start Date: August 2008
Study Completion Date: September 2009
Primary Completion Date: April 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: A
Drug: Levosimendan
from 0.125 mg to 2 mg in escalating doses
Placebo Comparator: B
Drug: Placebo
Placebo capsules are identical in appearance to active capsules

Detailed Description:
This is a prospective, multicentre, phase II, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled 2-arm parallel group study with 5 escalating dose-levels of oral levosimendan, each given for 13-18 days. The study population will be randomly allocated either to the levosimendan group or to the placebo group. The double-blind phase with either placebo or levosimendan is preceded by a 13-day long single-blind treatment with placebo (placebo run-in). The study consists of 9 visits (screening visit, 7 visits during the treatment period and an end-of-study visit). Each subject will be on study treatment (including placebo run-in) for 78-108 days and the duration of the study for each subject, including the screening and the end of study visit, is approximately 17 weeks.

Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and female patients 50 to 80 years of age with ischaemic stroke or TIA within 1 to 9 months before the screening visit.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Stroke or TIA due to cardiac embolism, vasculitis or arterial dissection
  • Severe hemiparesis or dysphasia, haemodynamically significant uncorrected valve disease or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or restrictive cardiomyopathy, any acute coronary event or angioplasty or any other major surgery within 1 month, any major surgery during the planned study period
  • History of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia within 3 months.
  • History of Torsades de Pointes (TdP) or family history of long QT-syndrome
  • Heart rate (HR) < 50 or > 100 bpm.
  • Systolic blood pressure (SBP) < 100 mmHg or > 180 mmHg, or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) > 100 mmHg.
  • Ventricular tachycardia.
  • Episode of atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter lasting > 60 seconds.
  • Second or third degree atrioventricular (AV) block.
  • Potassium (K) < 3.7 mmol/l or > 5.5 mmol/l.
  • Creatinine > 170 µmol/l or on dialysis.
  • Blood haemoglobin <10 g/dl; clinically significant hepatic impairment.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00698763

Helsinki University Hospital (HUCH)
Helsinki, Finland
Turku University Hospital (TYKS)
Turku, Finland, 20521
Heidelberg University Clinic
Heidelberg, Germany
Debrecen University
Debrecen, Hungary
Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Dept of Neurology
Gothenburg, Sweden, 413 45
University Hospital, Neurologmottagningen
Linköping, Sweden, 581 85
Umeå University Hospital, Strokecenter NVS
Umeå, Sweden, 901 85
Sponsors and Collaborators
Orion Corporation, Orion Pharma
Study Director: Irja Korpela Orion Corporation, Orion Pharma
Principal Investigator: Risto O. Roine, M.D., Ph.D. Turku University Hospital
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Juha Ellmen, Clinical Program Leader, Orion Pharma Identifier: NCT00698763     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 3001088
Study First Received: June 12, 2008
Last Updated: November 23, 2009

Keywords provided by Orion Corporation, Orion Pharma:
An ischaemic cerebrovascular event (stroke or TIA)

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ischemic Attack, Transient
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Brain Ischemia
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Cardiotonic Agents
Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Vasodilator Agents
Protective Agents
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