Citalopram for Sx/Util in Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients

This study is not yet open for participant recruitment. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified August 2012 by Henry Ford Health System
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mark W. Ketterer, PhD, Henry Ford Health System Identifier:
First received: August 12, 2012
Last updated: March 17, 2015
Last verified: August 2012

Symptoms (chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, etc.) and treatment usage (doctor or emergency room visits, testing, hospital days, etc.) in patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes are known to be related to emotional distress (Anxiety, Depression and Anger). In addition, behavioral treatment of emotional distress is known to decrease symptoms, and treatment usage. The present protocol tests whether the addition of a medication known to reduce emotional distress can also reduce symptoms and treatment usage.

This will done by recruiting patients with ACS during their hospital stay, randomizing them to receive citalopram or placebo, and then examining their symptoms and treatment usage at 6 months.

Condition Intervention Phase
Acute Coronary Syndrome
Drug: Citalopram
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Citalopram for Sx/Util in Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Henry Ford Health System:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Frequency of ACS Symptoms [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Frequency of episiodes of chest pain, presyncope, dyspnea, fatigue and palpitations

  • Treatment usage [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    ER Visits, Hospital Days, Catheterizations, PTCAs/CABGs, Valve Surgery, AICD/Pacemaker, Treadmills, Echos, Nuclear Scans, Chest X-Rays

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Emotional Distress [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Depression per PHQ9, Anxiety per GAD7 & Anxiety/Depression/AIAI per KSSFC

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: January 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2021
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2021 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Placebo pill
Drug: Citalopram
10 mg/day


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Admission to hospital for chest pain/dyspnea, typical ECG changes plus positive tropinins

Exclusion Criteria:

  • age less than 18
  • cognitive impairment (per MMSE)
  • geographic unavailability for followup
  • unwillingness to participate
  • illiteracy
  • Hx cardiac transplant
  • untreated hypothyroidism
  • hepatic dysfunction
  • prior adverse reaction to citalopram
  • history of Bipolar Disorder
  • untreated Sleep Apnea
  • chronic steroid therapy
  • active substance abuse (e.g., within past year)
  • near term mortal illness
  • current mental health treatment
  • signitificant suicide risk
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01667744

United States, Michigan
Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, Michigan, United States, 48202
Sponsors and Collaborators
Henry Ford Health System
Principal Investigator: Mark W Ketterer, PhD Henry Ford Health System
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Mark W. Ketterer, PhD, Senior Bioscientific Staff, Henry Ford Health System Identifier: NCT01667744     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11146121 
Study First Received: August 12, 2012
Last Updated: March 17, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Henry Ford Health System:
Acute Coronary Syndrome
Emotional Distress
Health Care Utilization

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Acute Coronary Syndrome
Angina Pectoris
Cardiovascular Diseases
Chest Pain
Heart Diseases
Myocardial Ischemia
Pathologic Processes
Signs and Symptoms
Vascular Diseases
Anti-Dyskinesia Agents
Antidepressive Agents
Antidepressive Agents, Second-Generation
Antiparkinson Agents
Autonomic Agents
Central Nervous System Agents
Cholinergic Agents
Cholinergic Antagonists
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Muscarinic Antagonists
Neurotransmitter Agents
Neurotransmitter Uptake Inhibitors
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on February 11, 2016