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Pilot Study of Lovaza (Omega 3 Fatty Acids) to Improve Cardiac Antioxidant/Anti-inflammatory Profile Before Cardiac Surgery

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 August 2013 by Ethan J. Anderson, East Carolina University.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: January 12, 2010
Last Update Posted: September 10, 2013
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ethan J. Anderson, East Carolina University
In the absence of treatment, severe mitral valve regurgitation (MR) results in left atrium (LA) dilatation and hypertrophy, followed ultimately by left ventricular dysfunction and heart failure. One promising intervention for the prevention of the deleterious effects of pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure is dietary supplementation with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). However, the molecular targets and mechanisms by which n-3 PUFAs exert their effects are not completely defined. A possible target of n-3 PUFAs is the mitochondrial membrane which has broad implications given that mitochondrial dysfunction and altered metabolism have been associated with cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure. The investigators have recently identified significant mitochondrial dysfunction in the LA of patients with severe MR, as compared to their non-hypertrophied right atrium (RA). However, the investigators have not addressed the possibility that intervention with purified n-3 PUFAs (Lovaza) could improve mitochondrial function. From a mechanistic perspective, the investigators have observed in vitro that n-3 PUFAs accumulate predominately into the mitochondrial membrane of cardiomyocytes where the investigators believe they exert their effects on the biophysical organization of the membrane. Therefore, the CENTRAL HYPOTHESIS is that administering Lovaza to patients with severe MR will reduce apoptosis and improve mitochondrial function in LA (Aim 1). This change in mitochondrial function will be driven by significant biochemical and biophysical remodeling of the mitochondrial membrane (Aim 2).

Condition Intervention Phase
Mitral Valve Regurgitation Left Atrium Dilatation and Hypertrophy Mitochondrial Dysfunction in the Heart Cardiomyocyte Apoptosis Cardiac Inflammation Drug: Lovaza group Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Mitigating Cardiac Inflammation and Oxidative Stress in Atrial Myocardium Via Short-term Lovaza Treatment Prior to Surgery

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Further study details as provided by Ethan J. Anderson, East Carolina University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Specific Aim 1: To determine if Lovaza treatment reduces markers of inflammation and improves mitochondrial function in atrial myocardium [ Time Frame: 15 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Specific Aim 2: To determine if Lovaza treatment alters the biophysical and biochemical organization of cardiac mitochondrial membranes. The following questions will be addressed using the blood and cardiac tissue samples collected as described above: [ Time Frame: 15 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 24
Study Start Date: January 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: No treatment
This is the group of patients that will not undergo any treatment with Lovaza prior to mitral valve repair surgery. This is the 'control' group.
Active Comparator: Lovaza treated
This arm will be the group of patients that will be treated with Lovaza prior to undergoing mitral valve repair surgery.
Drug: Lovaza group
Patients who are scheduled for mitral valve repair surgery at least 3 weeks removed from the initial consult will be recruited to take 4 capsules of Lovaza (omega 3 fatty acids) daily, for 3 weeks prior to their surgery.
Other Name: omega 3 fatty acid esters


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients age 18+ undergoing minimally invasive mitral valve repair surgery will be enrolled in this study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with chronic renal insufficiency
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Previous myocardial infarction
  • Left ventricular dysfunction (ejection fraction <40%)
  • Use of anti-arrhythmic drugs other than beta blockers, and the presence of an implantable defibrillator.
  • In addition, patients that have a high dietary intake of fish (≥ 2 servings/week) or have been taking n-3 PUFA supplements will be excluded.
  • Also, patients that are allergic to fish or shellfish, or taking any anticoagulant/antiplatelet medications other than aspirin (e.g. Plavix, Coumadin) will be excluded from this study.
  • Patients under the age of 18, and women who are pregnant will be excluded from this study.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01046604

United States, North Carolina
Brody School of Medicine
Greenville, North Carolina, United States, 27834
Sponsors and Collaborators
East Carolina University
Principal Investigator: Ethan J Anderson, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, East Carolina University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Ethan J. Anderson, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01046604     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ECUomega3-01
First Submitted: January 11, 2010
First Posted: January 12, 2010
Last Update Posted: September 10, 2013
Last Verified: August 2013

Keywords provided by Ethan J. Anderson, East Carolina University:
mitral valve regurgitation
omega 3 fatty acids
fish oil
human heart

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Mitral Valve Insufficiency
Pathologic Processes
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Heart Valve Diseases
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases