Intermittent Intravenous Levosimendan in Ambulatory Advanced Chronic Heart Failure Patients (LION-HEART)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
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Parc de Salut Mar Identifier:
First received: February 15, 2012
Last updated: October 21, 2015
Last verified: October 2015
The purpose of this study is to determine the safety and efficacy of intravenous administration of intermittent doses of levosimendan (infusions of 0,2 μg/kg/min, of levosimendan or placebo, without bolus, for 6 hours every 2 weeks) compared to placebo in ambulatory patients with advanced chronic heart failure.

Condition Intervention Phase
Heart Failure
Drug: Levosimendan
Drug: Placebo
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Multicenter, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Randomized Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Intravenous Administration of Intermittent Doses of Levosimendan in Ambulatory Patients With Advanced Chronic Heart Failure: the LION-HEART Study

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Further study details as provided by Parc de Salut Mar:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Changes of natriuretic peptide levels between baseline and end of treatment. [ Time Frame: 3 months. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Mortality . [ Time Frame: from baseline to end of follow-up (12 months). ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Hospitalisation. [ Time Frame: from baseline to end of follow-up (12 months). ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: April 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2015
Primary Completion Date: October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Levosimendan Drug: Levosimendan
0.2 micrograms/kg/min is administered intravenously without bolus for 6 hours every two weeks.
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: Placebo
Placebo (same appearance than active drug) is administered with the same dosing regime


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • qged more than 18,
  • left ventricular ejection fraction below 35%,
  • diagnostic criteria of advanced chronic heart failure.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Conduction abnormalities (auricular ventricular block),
  • malignant arrythmias,
  • recent administration of inotropic drugs,
  • recent acute coronary syndrome,
  • recent cerebrovascular accident,
  • glomerular filtration rate below 30,
  • systolic blood pressure below 90 mmhg.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01536132

Hospistal Central Asturias
Oviedo, Asturias, Spain, 33006
Hospital de Bellvitge
Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain, 08907
Hospital Puerta de Hierro
Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain, 28222
Complexo Hospitalario A Coruña
A Coruña, Spain, 15006
Hospital del Mar
Barcelona, Spain, 08003
Hospital de Sant Pau
Barcelona, Spain, 08040
Hospital Doce de Octubre
Madrid, Spain, 28041
Hospital Virgen de la Victoria
Malaga, Spain, 29010
Hospital Virgen Arrixaca
Murcia, Spain, 41013
Hospital Valdecillas
Santander, Spain, 39008
Hospital Virgen del Rocío
Sevilla, Spain, 41013
Hospital la Fe
Valencia, Spain, 46026
Hospital Miguel Servet
Zaragoza, Spain, 50009
Sponsors and Collaborators
Parc de Salut Mar
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Parc de Salut Mar Identifier: NCT01536132     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IMIM-LEV-0901
Study First Received: February 15, 2012
Last Updated: October 21, 2015
Health Authority: Spain: Comité Ético de Investigación Clínica

Keywords provided by Parc de Salut Mar:
chronic heart failure
inotropic drug

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Cardiotonic Agents
Cardiovascular Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Pharmacologic Actions
Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Protective Agents
Therapeutic Uses
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