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Hypertension Approaches in the Elderly: a Lifestyle Study (HAEL)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03264443
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified February 2020 by Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : August 29, 2017
Last Update Posted : February 12, 2020
Federal University of Pelotas
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre

Brief Summary:
Two-center randomized, parallel, controlled trial which will compare a pragmatic combined training program with a health education program in 184 older adults with hypertension. This study will last 12 weeks with assessments conducted at baseline, previously to the group allocation, and after interventions. There is a set of secondary outcomes which show clinical importance to the elderly population and are possibly influenced by the tested intervention.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Hypertension Behavioral: Health education Behavioral: Combined training Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The present protocol describes a randomized controlled trial that aims to evaluate blood pressure effects of a pragmatic combined training program, with low equipment needs, in comparison with a health education program. The sample is composed by 184 older adults, divided in two implementation centers. Randomization ratio will be 1:1 and interventions will last 12 weeks, with three weekly sessions for the exercise arm and one to the health education arm. In order to analyze the effects of interventions in a comprehensive way, a range of variables related to ambulatory blood pressure (primary outcome), physical fitness, vascular and autonomous function, together with emotional and cognitive aspects will be evaluated in a pre-post fashion. The study's hypothesis, as well as the sample size calculation and analysis plan, is based on a superiority expectation for the exercise program in comparison with the health education program, especially for the blood pressure control, functional capacity and quality of life. The present study was designed and will be conducted by a multidisciplinary staff and follows ethical and methodological recommendations for clinical trials. It is expected that this multicenter randomized trial will provide scientific evidences with a high applicability to the non-pharmacological management of hypertension in the elderly.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 184 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Combined Training and Health Education for Hypertensive Elders: a Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial
Actual Study Start Date : September 1, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : August 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : August 2020

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Health education
Patients will receive weekly lectures on hypertension related topics during 12 weeks.
Behavioral: Health education
Weekly group lectures (1h each) giving information on patient's best practices to manage hypertension.

Experimental: Combined training
Patients will complete 12 weeks of combined training (aerobic + strength exercise, 3x/week) in a pragmatic setup. In order to make the interventions more similar, contents of the health education arm will also be discussed with patients receiving this intervention.
Behavioral: Combined training
Combined training (aerobic and strength exercises), in moderate intensities (perceived exertion controlled) performed 3x/week (1h) duration with a education component (10') based on the contents of the health intervention.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Ambulatory Blood Pressure [ Time Frame: Change from baseline 24-hour systolic blood pressure at 12 weeks ]
    24h ambulatory blood pressure measured through automatic oscillometric device

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Walking distance [ Time Frame: Change from baseline walking distance at 12 weeks ]
    Longest distance walked as assessed by the six-minute walk test

  2. Lower limbs functional capacity [ Time Frame: Change from baseline SPPB score at 12 weeks ]
    By using the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB), lower-limb mobility will be assess in the following sequence: static standing balance, walking speed and indirect muscle strength

  3. Cardiorespiratory fitness [ Time Frame: Change from baseline VO2peak at 12 weeks ]
    Oxygen consumption at peak (VO2peak) as assessed by maximal cardiopulmonary exercise testing

  4. Geriatric Depression Symptoms [ Time Frame: Change from baseline GDS-15 score at 12 weeks ]
    15-item depression symptoms scale (GDS-15)

  5. Quality of life (QoL) [ Time Frame: Change from baseline QoL score at 12 weeks ]
    World Health Organization Quality of Life questionnaire

  6. Autonomic function [ Time Frame: Change from baseline beat-to-beat blood pressure variability at 12 weeks ]
    Basal and during Stroop Color-Word Conflict Test beat-to-beat blood pressure variability

  7. Endothelial function, early adaptation [ Time Frame: Change from baseline FMD at 6 weeks ]
    Flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) assessed through high resolution ultrasonography

  8. Endothelial function [ Time Frame: Change from baseline FMD at 12 weeks ]
    Flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) assessed through high resolution ultrasonography

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Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Hypertension diagnosis (through ambulatory blood pressure monitoring or medication use)
  • Verified ability to exercise
  • Unaltered pharmacological plan within previous 4 weeks
  • Willingness to participate in any of interventions

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability or refusal to give written consent
  • Myocardial infarction, revascularization proceedings, deep vein thrombosis
  • Severe cardiovascular disease (class III or IV heart failure, uncontrolled arrhythmia, unstable angina, or use of implantable defibrillator
  • Chronic pulmonary disease which requires the use of oxygen or steroidal therapy
  • Incidence of cardiovascular event, hospitalization or other severe health-related event during the experimental period
  • High alcohol consumption (over 14 doses per week)
  • Renal disease needing dialysis
  • Language, cognitive or hearing problems
  • Plans of moving to another city during the study
  • Living together with another person enrolled in the study
  • Osteoarticular or muscular injuries or another health conditions which generate inability to carry on the interventions
  • Progressive neurological disorders (Parkinson, multiple sclerosis, etc.)
  • Cancer treatment in the past 2 years
  • A medical report indicating exercise counterindication based cardiopulmonary exercise testing

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03264443

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Contact: Daniel Umpierre, PhD +555133596332
Contact: Lucas P Santos, MSc +555133596332

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Universidade Federal de Pelotas Active, not recruiting
Pelotas, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil
Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre Recruiting
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil
Contact: Daniel Umpierre, PhD    +555133596332   
Contact: Lucas P Santos, PhD    +555133596332 ext Santos   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre
Federal University of Pelotas
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Study Director: Stephanie S Pinto, PhD Federal University of Pelotas
Principal Investigator: Daniel Umpierre, PhD Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre Identifier: NCT03264443    
Other Study ID Numbers: 17-0044
17-0044 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: FIPE/Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre )
First Posted: August 29, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 12, 2020
Last Verified: February 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description: Individual participant data after will be shared after trial completion. Data usage will be under the PI's auspices, but restrictions or screenings will not be imposed upon data requests. ABPM data and any deemed relevant support information (sociodemographic, clinical history and allocated groups) will be shared if available.Details regarding the study's design and statistical plan can be obtained consulting the trial's protocol. Data on other outcomes could be requested contacting the PI. Data access will be available after all participants completed the study and will remain accessible for as long as deemed necessary by the study's committee. Data sets, variables' dictionary and statistical analysis description will be made available online upon registration and acceptance of the study team's data sharing terms and policy.
Time Frame: The individual participant dataset will become available at a public repository up to six months after the first study publication.
Access Criteria: A simple registration will grant access to study datasets. The website for these files is not defined at the time of registration.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre:
physical activity
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases