Early Detection and Prevention of Mild Cognitive Impairment Due to Cerebrovascular Disease (MCI/CVD)
Vascular risk factors may account for up to 80% of the memory and thinking problems experienced by our aging population today, by far in excess of that caused by Alzheimer's disease. By doing this study, we hope to learn how vascular risk factors cause memory and thinking changes in the elderly, and whether we can prevent memory and thinking changes by reducing these risk factors. Successful completion of project aims will allow an integrated understanding of mild cognitive impairment caused by vascular risks (MCI-CVD) with the potential for tremendous impact on one of the major healthcare crises facing the nation today.
The study will enroll 80 participants with memory and thinking problems (mild cognitive impairment; MCI) and are at risk for stroke and further difficulties with memory and thinking that may eventually lead to disability and a diagnosis of dementia. Each participant will be randomized into one of two groups (40 in each group) and followed over 36 months. One group will be followed to allow us to understand the natural history of memory and thinking impairment, while the other group will receive intensive education and assistance with vascular risk factor (CVD) control.
Mild Cognitive Impairment
Behavioral: Heart Health Intervention
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Early Detection and Prevention of Mild Cognitive Impairment Due to Cerebrovascular Disease|
- California Verbal Learning Test- Delayed Recall [ Time Frame: 36 months ]Memory test for a word list after 30 minutes delay will be compared between baseline and end of study visit.
- Brain T2 hyperintensity volume on MRI [ Time Frame: 36 months ]Magnetic resonance brain imaging will be performed at enrollment and annually to end of study. Change in volumetric measurement of T2 signal hyperintensities(amount of vascular injury)will be determined for the intervention compared to the placebo group
- Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) [ Time Frame: 36 months ]The MOCA is a brief cognitive screen that will be compared between baseline and end of study for the interventional group compared to the placebo group
- Total brain volume [ Time Frame: 36 months ]Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain at baseline and end of study will be compared to determine rate of atrophy between the intervention and placebo group.
|Study Start Date:||May 2013|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||August 2017|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||March 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Placebo Comparator: No Intervention
A placebo cohort of 40 subjects with MCI related to vascular risk factors (MCI-CVD) will be followed longitudinally with cognitive, imaging, blood and optional spinal fluid biomarkers providing insight into the natural disease course of MCI-CVD. This natural history group will serve as the control group for the treatment arm described below.
Experimental: Treatment Group
A cohort of 40 subjects with MCI-CVD will be treated with a nursing-based educational program (Heart Health Intervention) including aggressive symptom monitoring and treatment of vascular risks in a 6 visit intervention block over 12 weeks after baseline and thereafter for every 6 months for the study duration of 3 years. These subjects will be followed identically to the subjects in the natural history arm described in the control group above with cognitive testing, imaging, blood, and optional spinal fluid testing.
Behavioral: Heart Health Intervention
A specialty CVD Risk Clinic will focus on education and individualized treatment programs to modify vascular risks in each subject using the methods developed, tested and shown to successfully reduce multiple CVD risk factors in the HeartHealth Program (HRSA grant, 1D1ARH1606, phase I and 2).
This is a randomized, controlled study of intensive medical management and educational programming (Heart Health Intervention) for controlling stroke and vascular risks that may impact your thinking and memory (MCI-CVD). This means that if you choose to enroll, it will be determined by chance ( pulling a number from a hat) whether you will receive the study intervention or standard-of-care treatment. One-half of all subjects will be enrolled in the intervention, while the other one half will not. You will have a 50:50 chance of receiving the intervention, like the flip of a coin. You will be in the study for 36 months if you enroll.
Even if you do are not in the study group receiving medical management and educational programs, we will be monitoring your risks for stroke and vascular risks every 6 months and this information will be provided to your primary doctors, potentially resulting in an increased level of care as a result of your participation in this study.
You must have an individual (spouse, friend, or relative), called a "study partner", who is willing to accompany you to all of the study visits or be available by telephone to communicate changes in your health status over the period of this study.
The study visits include checking vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate weight), regular blood testing at 6 month intervals to monitor your vascular risks (blood sugar, cholesterol levels)as well as ensure your safety throughout the study, yearly brain imaging with MRI scans, and optional spinal fluid collection at enrollment and end of study to help us understand brain changes that cannot be measured in blood.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01924312
|Contact: Jacqueline A. Townerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Sarah D. Tarrant, MSWemail@example.com|
|United States, Kentucky|
|University of Kentucky||Recruiting|
|Lexington, Kentucky, United States, 40504|
|Contact: Jacqueline A Towner 859-323-3104 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Heather Nichols 859-323-3145 email@example.com|
|Principal Investigator: Gregory A. Jicha, MD, PhD|
|Principal Investigator:||Gregory A. Jicha, MD, PhD||University of Kentucky|