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Low Dose Intravenous (IV) Infusion of BNP in the Presence and Absence of Acute Type V Phosphodiesterase (PDE V) in Improving Renal Function in Hospitalized Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) Patients With Renal Dysfunction (Aim 3 BNP/PDEV)

This study is enrolling participants by invitation only.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Horng Chen, Mayo Clinic Identifier:
First received: September 3, 2009
Last updated: August 25, 2017
Last verified: August 2017
The purpose of the study is to determine if low doses of BNP can improve renal function in people with chronic heart failure with renal dysfunction, also to determine whether Sildenafil assists with improvement. This study will enroll only hospitalized patients with heart failure.

Condition Intervention Phase
Heart Failure Renal Dysfunction Drug: BNP and PDE-V Drug: BNP Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Specific Aims 3: Define in Hospitalized Decompensated CHF Patients With Renal Dysfunction, the Renal Actions of Low Dose Intravenous Infusion of BNP in the Presence and Absence of Acute PDE V Inhibition in Improving Renal Function

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Further study details as provided by Horng Chen, Mayo Clinic:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary endpoint for this aim will be a comparison of the 3 groups for the percent change in creatinine clearance, and blood urea nitrogen from baseline to 48 hours. [ Time Frame: each blood and urine collections 4 time points ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • The secondary endpoints for this aim will be a comparison of the 3 groups for the percent change in plasma, sodium excretion, aldosterone, and renal cGMP generation from baseline line to 48 hours [ Time Frame: each blood and urine collection at 4 time points ]

Estimated Enrollment: 69
Study Start Date: October 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: BNP with PDE-V
BNP (Nesiritide) will be infused starting at 0.0025 g/Kg/min IV for 3 hours, if tolerated increased to 0.005 g/kg/min for 45 hours without bolus with PDEV inhibition, they will also receive Sildenafil 12.5 mg at timepoints 0,12, 24 and 36 hours
Drug: BNP and PDE-V
low dose BNP 0.025 u/kg/min for 3 hours then 0.005ug/kg/min 45 hours PDE-V 12.5 mg 4 time points
Other Names:
  • nesiritide (Natrecor)
  • Viagra
Active Comparator: BNP (Nesiritide) will be infused at 0.005 u/Kg/min IV for 48 h
BNP (Nesiritide) will be infused at 0.025 ug/Kg/min IV for 3 hours then 0.005ug/kg/min 45 hours without bolus. No PDE-V is given.
Drug: BNP
low dose BNP at 0.025 u/kg/min if tolerated then at 0.005 ug/kg/min for 45 hours
Other Name: Nesiritide (Natrecor)
No Intervention: standard care
Patients randomized to this group will continue to receive therapy at the discretion of the heart failure specialist who is managing the patient (with the exception of BNP and low dose dopamine). Blood and Urine will be collected after the patient has been randomized for 48 hours

Detailed Description:

The broad objective of this protocol is to advance our understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms of human Cardiorenal Syndrome (CRS) with a specific emphasis upon the biological interaction between diuretic therapy, the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system (RAAS) and cyclic 3'-5'-guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) pathway.

Chronic heart failure (CHF) as a result of left ventricular systolic dysfunction is a clinical syndrome with high mortality and morbidity. Renal dysfunction is a common and progressive complication of CHF and despite growing recognition of the frequent presentation of combined cardiac and renal dysfunction, or "Cardiorenal Syndrome (CRS)", its underlying pathophysiology is not well understood, with a lack of consensus as to its appropriate management.

The main objective of this study is to extend the findings of the applicant's studies in both human and experimental CHF and determine if low dose intravenous (IV) (0.005/Kg/min) administration of BNP in hospitalized decompensated CHF patients with renal dysfunction would improve the renal function. Furthermore, based on our preliminary data, we also sought to assess if PDE V inhibition potentiated these renal enhancing actions.

Hypothesis: Low dose IV infusion of BNP in hospitalized decompensated CHF patients with CRS will enhance renal and humoral functions as compared to standard therapy, which will be further potentiated by PDEV inhibition as evident by:

Increased sodium excretion, Increased creatinine clearance Decreased plasma creatinine and blood urea nitrogen Suppression of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, Increased renal cGMP generation


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients admitted to St Mary's Hospital, Mayo Clinic Rochester MN with NYHA class III-IV decompensated CHF with renal dysfunction as Calculated creatinine clearance of equal or less than 60 ml/min but greater than 20 ml/min using the Cockcroft-Gault formula.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Cause of acute renal dysfunction can be reasonably ascribed to factors other than heart failure or its treatment
  • Known intrinsic renal diseases or renal artery stenosis of =>50%
  • Patients taking Nitrates within the previous 24 hours
  • Patients needing emergency coronary revascularization or those who may have rapidly changing cardiac function (i.e. patients with acute myocardial infarction or shock)
  • Peritoneal or hemodialysis within 90 days or anticipation that dialysis or ultrafiltration of any form will be required during the study period
  • Systolic blood pressure < 90 mmHg or cardiogenic shock.
  • Requirement of pressors for maintenance of blood pressure.
  • Intra-aortic blood pump use.
  • History of significant uncorrected renal artery stenosis as defined by >50% stenosis.
  • Severe aortic or mitral stenosis or significant LV outflow tract obstruction. Hgb < 10 mg/dL
  • Pregnant or nursing women.
  • Contraindication to nesiritide.
  • Inability to have NSAID dose held for up to 30 hours, if being treated with these medications.
  • Administration of radiocontrast medium within 7 days of enrollment or anticipated use of such agents during the study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00972569

Sponsors and Collaborators
Mayo Clinic
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Principal Investigator: Dr Horng H Chen, MD Mayo Clinic
  More Information

Responsible Party: Horng Chen, MD, Mayo Clinic Identifier: NCT00972569     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 09-003303
Study First Received: September 3, 2009
Last Updated: August 25, 2017

Keywords provided by Horng Chen, Mayo Clinic:
BNP with or without PDE-V in heart failure

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Renal Insufficiency
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Natriuretic Peptide, Brain
Natriuretic Agents
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