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Assessment of Hearts Deemed Unsuitable for Transplant With the Aim of Expanding the Donor Heart Pool.

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 February 2013 by Professor David Talbot, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Professor David Talbot, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust Identifier:
First received: January 25, 2013
Last updated: February 3, 2013
Last verified: February 2013

The main question to be asked in this study is what is the potential for human hearts that have been deemed unacceptable for transplant, to be explanted and re-animated in a controlled, external environment to be assessed? Furthermore would the reanimated hearts be able to undergo improvement in their function in this external environment.

Ultimately this may lead to an increase the number of hearts available for transplantation.

Heart Failure

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Ex Vivo Assessment of Human Hearts Deemed Unsuitable for Cardiac Transplant With the Ultimate Aim of Increasing the Number of Hearts Available for Transplant for Cardiac Failure Patients.

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Further study details as provided by Professor David Talbot, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The investigators aim to measure an improvement in cardiac function (ie contractility) by measuring the Pressure Change/Time max (dP/dT), in mmHg/second, of the heart once it has achieved reanimation on the ex vivo circuit. [ Time Frame: 12 hours ]
    Can human hearts that have been deemed unacceptable for transplant be re-animated in a controlled, external environment to be assessed? Furthermore, can their function (contractility) be improved by ex vivo reperfusion? This will be measured using conductance catheters to measure the dP/dT max (mmHg/second) at various time intervals.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Can their function (contractility measured in mmHg/second) of the hearts be improved by an additional re-oxygenation step during the cold phase of heart preservation? [ Time Frame: 24 hours ]
    Can these hearts be improved during the cold phase of transportation by either continuous circulation of preservation solution or oxygen gas through the heart? Hearts will be reperfused on the ex vivo circuit having been subjected to either method of preservation and their contractility measurements (mmHg/sec) once reanimated will be compared.

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Myocardial biopsies, serum samples.

Estimated Enrollment: 17
Study Start Date: February 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Organ Donors (declared Brainstem-Dead)
This group of subjects is defined as those who have previously expressed their future wish to organ donation and who have suffered events leading to declaration of brainstem-death. Furthermore these subjects will have had their hearts declined for heart transplantation on the basis of poor function.

Detailed Description:

Year on year with improvement in road safety and improvement in neurosurgery the number of ideal young brain dead donors have been declining whilst the number of more marginal donors have been increasing. The consequence of this is the number of heart transplants being performed have steadily declined.

At present there are 600 hearts from brain dead donors offered for transplant every year in the United Kingdom (UK). Of these 200 have anatomical reasons why they cannot be used for transplant such as ischaemic heart disease. 100 are transplanted and the remaining 300 hearts are judged to have inferior function which probably occurs as a direct result of brain death (Dark).

Ex vivo 'rig' testing has been developed for lungs that were judged unsuitable for transplantation. As a result several donor lungs have been 'improved' by warm perfusion on the rig to the extent that they became suitable for transplantation and so national lung transplant rates are increasing (Dark). The aim would be to develop a similar approach for the heart.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Organ Donors (declared brainstem dead). The hearts are only to be studied after death and removal from the body. Consent given first from the next of kin.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participant is brain dead and their relative is willing to give informed consent
  • Male or Female, aged between 18 and 75 years
  • Heart is not eligible for transplantation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participant's relative refuses consent
  • Brain dead donor whose heart is eligible for transplantation
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01780597

Contact: David Talbot, MBBS PhD MD 01912336161 ext 39110

United Kingdom
Freeman Hospital Not yet recruiting
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom, NE7 7DN
Contact: David Talbot, MBBS PhD MD    01912336161 ext 39110   
Sub-Investigator: Guy MacGowan, MBBS MD         
Sub-Investigator: Omar Mownah, MBBS BSc         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust
Principal Investigator: David Talbot, MBBS PhD MD Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust
  More Information

Responsible Party: Professor David Talbot, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust Identifier: NCT01780597     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NewcastleNHS
Study First Received: January 25, 2013
Last Updated: February 3, 2013

Keywords provided by Professor David Talbot, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust:
Heart transplantation
Ev Vivo Perfusion
Cardiac function

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