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Pilot Study of Remote Ischemic Preconditioning in Heart Failure

This study has been completed.
The Hospital for Sick Children
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Health Network, Toronto Identifier:
First received: December 17, 2009
Last updated: December 20, 2013
Last verified: December 2013
The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of remote ischemic preconditioning on exercise capacity in patients with heart failure.

Condition Intervention
Heart Failure
Left Ventricular Dysfunction
Other: Remote ischemic preconditioning
Other: Sham Control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of Remote Ischemic Preconditioning on Exercise Capacity in Patients With Heart Failure: A Double Blind Randomized Control Trial

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by University Health Network, Toronto:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Exercise performance - VO2, exercise time, exercise workload, anaerobic threshold [ Time Frame: 1 week ]

Enrollment: 22
Study Start Date: October 2009
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: remote ischemic preconditioning
4 cycles of 5 mins upper limb ischemia induced by blood pressure cuff inflation 20mmHg above systolic blood pressure
Other: Remote ischemic preconditioning
4 cycles x 5 mins upper limb blood pressure cuff inflation 20mmHg above systolic blood pressure
Sham Comparator: Sham control
4 x 5 mins of upper limb blood pressure cuff inflation to 10mmHg (non-occlusive)
Other: Sham Control
4 cycles x 5mins blood pressure cuff inflation to 10mmHg


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • LV ejection fraction <40%
  • NYHA functional class II-IV
  • Non ischemic cardiomyopathy
  • Stable

Exclusion Criteria:

  • recent cardiovascular hospitalization (within last 4 weeks)
  • ischemic cardiomyopathy
  • diabetes mellitus
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • ventricular assist device
  • contraindications to exercise stress testing
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01128790

Canada, Ontario
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 2N2
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Health Network, Toronto
The Hospital for Sick Children
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: University Health Network, Toronto Identifier: NCT01128790     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 09-0550-BE
Study First Received: December 17, 2009
Last Updated: December 20, 2013

Keywords provided by University Health Network, Toronto:
remote ischemic preconditioning
heart failure
left ventricular dysfunction

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Ventricular Dysfunction
Ventricular Dysfunction, Left
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017