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Pilot Study of Atorvastatin for Orthopedic Surgery Patients (POST-OP Pilot)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT02197065
First received: July 21, 2014
Last updated: February 28, 2017
Last verified: February 2017
  Purpose

Up to 35% of hip fracture patients have been shown to experience heart injury after surgery, and as many as 10% have a heart attack or die in the three months after surgery. Hip and knee arthroplasty patients are also at risk of cardiovascular complications. Patients who have these complications have higher levels of inflammation postoperatively. Statins (such as atorvastatin/Lipitor) lower cholesterol and also lessen inflammation. Both of these effects are important in preventing heart attacks. Statins have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks in non-surgical patients, and to protect from heart attacks in patients having heart surgery. Whether statins can prevent heart attacks in orthopedic patients is not known.

In this pilot study the investigators will treat 30 orthopedic surgery patients (hip fracture, hip or knee arthroplasty) with either atorvastatin or placebo (a capsule with no study drug). Patients will start the study drug prior to surgery and take it for 45 days after surgery. Neither the doctors nor the patients will know whether they are taking atorvastatin or placebo. The investigators will look for evidence of inflammation and heart injury after surgery. The investigators hypothesize that atorvastatin will lessen the degree of postoperative inflammation found in these patients. In this study, the investigators will use a very sensitive test of heart injury that can detect problems even when patients have no symptoms. The investigators hypothesize that this test will demonstrate silent heart injury in over 50% of the hip fracture patients and over 30% of arthroplasty patients in our study.

The results of this trial will help us to develop a larger study in 1000 hip fracture and joint replacement patients to determine whether atorvastatin protects orthopedic surgery patients from heart injury and other complications of surgery.


Condition Intervention Phase
Hip Fracture
Myocardial Ischemia
Inflammation
Drug: Atorvastatin
Drug: Placebo
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: The Post-Operative Statin for Thromboprophylaxis & Cardiovascular Outcomes Protection (POST-OP) Pilot Trial

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Further study details as provided by Hospital for Special Surgery, New York:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Percentage of patients with a peri-operative rise in high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I level [ Time Frame: Prior to surgery and post-operative day 2 ]
    We will measure high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) at the time of recruitment pre-operatively and on post-operative day (POD) 2 in 30 orthopedic patients.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Peri-operative rise in high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) [ Time Frame: Prior to surgery and post-operative day 2 ]
    We will measure hs-CRP before statin administration, and on POD2 in 30 orthopedic patients randomized (1:1) to atorvastatin 40mg versus placebo.


Other Outcome Measures:
  • Peri-operative rise in rho-kinase activity [ Time Frame: Prior to surgery and post-operative day 2 ]
    We will measure rho-kinase (ROCK) activity in peripheral blood mononuclear cells collected before statin administration and on postoperative day 2 in 30 orthopedic patients randomized (1:1) to atorvastatin 40mg versus placebo.


Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: September 2014
Study Completion Date: July 2016
Primary Completion Date: July 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Atorvastatin
Atorvastatin 40mg daily starting at least 4 hours prior to hip fracture surgery, or 4 days prior to hip or knee arthroplasty, and continued until postoperative day 45.
Drug: Atorvastatin
Atorvastatin or placebo will be started at least 4 hours prior to surgery, and continued nightly until postoperative day 45
Other Name: Lipitor
Placebo Comparator: Sugar pill
Sugar pill (placebo) daily starting at least 4 hours prior to hip fracture surgery, or 4 days prior to hip or knee arthroplasty, and continued until postoperative day 45.
Drug: Placebo

Detailed Description:
  • Thirty statin-naïve patients ≥ 65 years of age admitted to New York Presbyterian Hospital or Hospital for Special Surgery with an acute hip fracture, or for elective hip or knee arthroplasty will be randomized in a 1:1 ratio to atorvastatin 40 mg daily or matching placebo.
  • Atorvastatin will be initiated at least 4 hours prior to hip fracture surgery, or 4 days prior to arthroplasty, and will be continued until postoperative day (POD) 45.
  • Patients will be assessed daily in the hospital for adverse events.
  • Patients will be contacted by telephone weekly for four weeks after surgery and again on POD 45 and POD 90.
  • Patients will mail back study medication bottles on POD 45 for pill counts to assess compliance.
  • High sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) will be measured pre-operatively (prior to atorvastatin therapy) and on POD 2.
  • High sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), and a panel of cytokines (IL-1β, IL-2, IL-2r, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-12, IL-13, IL-17, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interferon (IFN)-γ, and soluble (s)CD-40L) will be measured preoperatively and on POD 2.
  • Rho-associated, coiled-coil containing protein kinase 1 (ROCK) activity in peripheral blood mononuclear cell will be measured preoperatively and on POD 2.
  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years to 99 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Hip fracture or elective hip or knee arthroplasty
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Life expectancy > 3 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pathological hip fracture due to cancer
  • Currently taking a statin, or took a statin within the last 30 days
  • Previous statin intolerance
  • Acute myocardial infarction or unstable angina
  • History of myocardial infarction, acute coronary syndrome, angina, coronary/arterial re-vascularization
  • Hip fracture patients with peripheral arterial disease
  • Hip fracture patients with history of stroke or transient ischemic attack.
  • Muscle disorder
  • Serious liver disease or alanine aminotransferase > 3x upper limit of normal
  • Serious renal disease (creatinine clearance <30cc/min)
  • Treatment with HIV protease inhibitor or Hepatitis C protease inhibitor
  • Treatment with erythromycin, clarithromycin, niacin or azole antifungal agent
  • Pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02197065

Locations
United States, New York
Hospital for Special Surgery
New York, New York, United States, 10021
New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell)
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Anne R Bass, MD Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
  More Information

Responsible Party: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02197065     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EPAR4398
UL1TR000457-06 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: July 21, 2014
Last Updated: February 28, 2017
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Hospital for Special Surgery, New York:
hip fracture
myocardial ischemia
statin
surgery
troponin
complication
arthroplasty
hip
knee
orthopedic
atorvastatin
cardiovascular

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Inflammation
Ischemia
Hip Fractures
Myocardial Ischemia
Coronary Artery Disease
Pathologic Processes
Femoral Fractures
Fractures, Bone
Wounds and Injuries
Hip Injuries
Leg Injuries
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Coronary Disease
Arteriosclerosis
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Atorvastatin Calcium
Anticholesteremic Agents
Hypolipidemic Agents
Antimetabolites
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 26, 2017