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Transdermal Vagal Stimulation for POTS

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02281097
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : November 3, 2014
Last Update Posted : September 26, 2018
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Andre' Diedrich, Vanderbilt University

Brief Summary:

Some patients experience high heart rates and symptoms of light-headedness, fatigue, headache during standing despite well maintained blood pressure.

These patient are disabled and can't be in upright position for a longer time. The purpose of this study is to test whether electrical stimulation of a nerve through a skin of the ear may improve heart rate response and reduce disabling symptoms.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Other: Stimulation Other: Placebo Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Background Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a syndrome characterized by disabling symptoms of inadequate cerebral perfusion on assuming the upright posture, including light-headedness, fatigue, palpitations, altered mentation, headache, nausea, presyncope, and occasionally syncope.

POTS is characterized by an excessive increase in heart rate and exaggerated increase in plasma catecholamine levels on standing in the absence of a blood pressure fall. These disabling symptoms persist for more than six months.

Objective The objective of this study is to study the effect of vagal stimulation on heart rate modulation during supine and upright posture as a treatment modality for patients with POTS.


Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 18 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Transdermal Vagal Stimulation for the Treatment of Postural Tachycardia Syndrome
Actual Study Start Date : June 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2017
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2018

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Vagal Stimulation First

Vagal stimulation to improve upright heart rate modulation and symptoms is given on first tilt study day.

Placebo stimulation with ineffective low amplitude and frequency (sham intervention) is given on second tilt study.

Other: Stimulation
Application of current to skin above auricular branch of vagal nerve to modulate heart rate and symptoms

Other: Placebo
Application of low intensive current or frequency to skin above auricular branch of vagal nerve as sham intervention

Placebo Comparator: Placebo First

Placebo stimulation with ineffective low amplitude and frequency (sham intervention) is given on first tilt study day.

Vagal stimulation to improve upright heart rate modulation and symptoms is given on second tilt study day.

Other: Stimulation
Application of current to skin above auricular branch of vagal nerve to modulate heart rate and symptoms

Other: Placebo
Application of low intensive current or frequency to skin above auricular branch of vagal nerve as sham intervention




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Heart Rate (average of 1 minute) [ Time Frame: [-5,0,5,10,15,20,..,50 min] relative time from tilt ]
    Upright heart rate and heart rate change from supine measured during graded tilt with 15 degrees increments each 5 minutes till 30 min of 75 degrees or abort.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Orthostatic Symptoms (Subjective analog symptoms scale (0-100) [ Time Frame: [-5,0,5,10,15,20,..,50 min] relative time from tilt ]
    Subjective analog symptoms scale (0-100)

  2. Orthostatic Tolerance (Maximal tolerated time in upright position) [ Time Frame: [0-50 min] relative time from tilt ]
    Maximal tolerated time in upright position



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Non-smoking patients who qualify with the criteria of idiopathic postural tachycardia syndrome will be studied. The criteria are:

    1. an increase of heart rate of 30 beats/minute or an upright heart rate of >= 120 bpm, and
    2. chronic problems of symptoms during upright posture for at least 6 month.
  • Subjects must also be able to safely withdrawn from medications that influence heart rate, blood pressure, and hormone levels that regulate blood pressure.
  • The age limit is 18-75 years.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients that have other major medical problems, such as cancer or heart disease are excluded because the influence of that diagnosis on the symptoms is not known.
  • Pregnancy.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02281097


Locations
United States, Tennessee
Autonomic Dysfunction Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37232-2195
Sponsors and Collaborators
Vanderbilt University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Andre Diedrich, MD, PhD Vanderbilt University
Principal Investigator: Italo Biaggioni, MD Vanderbilt University

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Andre' Diedrich, Research Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02281097     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: VANDERBILT_IRB_121816
First Posted: November 3, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 26, 2018
Last Verified: September 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: No. There is no plan to share data.

Keywords provided by Andre' Diedrich, Vanderbilt University:
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
POTS
Vagal Stimulation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Syndrome
Tachycardia
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
Disease
Pathologic Processes
Arrhythmias, Cardiac
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Orthostatic Intolerance
Primary Dysautonomias
Autonomic Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases