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Effect of Normatec Pump for Relief of Leg Edema

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 April 2010 by Hillel Yaffe Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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Hillel Yaffe Medical Center Identifier:
First received: April 12, 2010
Last updated: April 27, 2010
Last verified: April 2010
The investigators hypothesize that leg edema will decrease rapidly when using the NormaTec pump, patients will lose weight, will feel better, will be less prone to infections in their legs and to congestion of the liver. Temporary elevation of intravascular fluid volume by the mobilized edema fluid returned to the intravascular space by pumping may increase cardiac output and renal perfusion and in addition it may distend the right atrium and ventricle thus inducing BNP secretion. Both mechanisms may promote excess fluid removal by the kidneys.

Condition Intervention
Heart Failure
Pulmonary Hypertension
Device: NormaTec Pump

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Effect of Normatec Pump for Relief of Leg Edema: Short- Intermediate- and Longer-term Outcomes

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Further study details as provided by Hillel Yaffe Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Weight Loss [ Time Frame: 5 days ]
    The weight loss during the pumping pariod is related to fluid loss from edematous legs.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Leg circumference [ Time Frame: 5 Days ]
    The leg circumference will be measured before and after each pumping session to determine the effectiveness of the pumping.

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: April 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Pumping group
Patients in this arm will get a pumping session 2-3 times a day .
Device: NormaTec Pump
Normatec Pump
Active Comparator: No pumping
These patients will not receive pumping but only classical treatment clinically indicated (diuretics, oxygen, Digoxin, Nitrates, ACE inhibitors etc, as necessary)
Device: NormaTec Pump
Normatec Pump


Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • hemodynamically stable adult patients with pronounced leg edema from any etiology, on optimal medical therapy (such as diuretics, ACE-I or ARBs, digoxin).
  • documentation of right heart failure by Echo or other modality (CT, MRI, right heart catheterization) and hemodynamic data from Echo is required and an elevated pulmonary artery pressure (> 35 mmHg) is expected in such cases.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • patients in sepsis,
  • hemodynamically unstable,
  • during an acute attack of pulmonary edema,
  • with renal failure (creatinine > 2 mg%),
  • with DVT,
  • psychiatric or noncompliant patients, and
  • patients who will not sign the informed consent form will be excluded from the study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01112150

Contact: David S. Blondheim, MD 97246304488

Hille Yaffe Medical Ceter Recruiting
Hadera, Israel, 38100
Contact: David S Blondheim, MD    97246304488      
Principal Investigator: David S. Blondheim, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hillel Yaffe Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: David S. Blondheim, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center Identifier: NCT01112150     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0063-09-HYMC-CTIL
Study First Received: April 12, 2010
Last Updated: April 27, 2010

Keywords provided by Hillel Yaffe Medical Center:
Heart failure
Pulmonary hypertension
Edema in legs

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Hypertension, Pulmonary
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017