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Retina Microvascularisation and Cardiovascular Heart Disease Prediction

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01027988
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 9, 2009
Last Update Posted : October 30, 2013
Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Bernard Thibault, Montreal Heart Institute

Brief Summary:

Earlier studies have found that retinal photography could be very useful for evaluating the condition of microcirculation and the risk of cardiovascular diseases in patients. The architectural changes in retinal vascularisation strongly correlates with macrovascular remodeling. Also, recent founding suggests a possible close anatomical parallel between both the macrovascular and the microvascular blood.

Our objectives are to assess (1) in which age and sex subgroups, if any, retinal vascular alteration in arterioles and venules can be predictive for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality; and (2) whether variations in arteriolar or venular caliber will predict better cardiovascular pathogenesis in normal and patient population. If the association between the diameter of the retinal vessels and the risks of cardiovascular disease is verified during this study, the impact on prevention would be enormous. The retinal microvascular change could become a powerful biomarker in the early detection of the cardiovascular pathogenesis and death risk

Condition or disease
Cardiovascular Disease

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 40 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Retina Microvascularisation and Cardiovascular Heart Disease Prediction
Study Start Date : September 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2013

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MedlinePlus related topics: Heart Diseases

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Occurrence of a major cardiovascular event or complication, defined as hospitalization, death from coronary heart disease, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, nonfatal non-procedure-related myocardial infarction, or fatal or nonfatal stroke [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Characterization of any retinal vascular disorders occurring at any time during the study: i. Confirmed by an ophthalmologist examination and either an fundus camera or an mfERGs examination ii. Occurrence of serious ophthalmic event [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  2. Correlation with possible cardiovascular event [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
(50 to 70 years old) with history of coronary heart disease (CHD) or one or more risk factors.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age between 50 to 70 years old (male/female)
  • indication of coronarography within the last 3 month preceding the enrollment
  • Patients with history of stroke, heart failure or arteriosclerosis.
  • At least one of the following risk factors for cardiovascular complication:

    • Hypertension
    • Coronary heart disease (CHD)
    • Diabetes
    • Structural heart disease
    • Dyslipidemia
    • Obesity

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with a permanent pacemaker or ICD
  • Nephrosis or chronic renal failure
  • The study interferes with therapeutic or diagnostic procedures
  • Patients with inability to consent or comply with follow up requirements
  • Patients with glaucoma
  • Patients with any retina degeneration disease vascular age-related macular degeneration or any -retina degeneration disease
  • Patients who are pregnant

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01027988

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Canada, Quebec
Montreal Heart Institute, 5000 Belanger Street
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, HIT IC8
Sponsors and Collaborators
Montreal Heart Institute
Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec
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Principal Investigator: Bernard Thibault, MD Montreal Heart Institute
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Responsible Party: Bernard Thibault, Cardiologist - Electrophysiologist, Montreal Heart Institute Identifier: NCT01027988    
Other Study ID Numbers: ICM 08-1050
First Posted: December 9, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 30, 2013
Last Verified: October 2013
Keywords provided by Bernard Thibault, Montreal Heart Institute:
Retinal Microvascularisation
Cardiovascular Disease
The objectives are to assess if if any retinal vascular disorder in arterioles and venules can be predictive for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases