Fatty Acid Antiarrhythmia Trial (FAAT)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00004559
First received: February 9, 2000
Last updated: March 15, 2016
Last verified: November 2005

February 9, 2000
March 15, 2016
March 1999
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Fatty Acid Antiarrhythmia Trial (FAAT)
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To determine if the dietary N-3 class of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) provided in the diet largely from marine fish oils would prevent fatal ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF).

BACKGROUND:

Sudden death is a common manifestation of ischemic heart disease and therefore of great public health concern. Unfortunately several promising antiarrhythmic drugs proved not to be effective in preventing sudden deaths. This project would test whether a relatively inexpensive and presumably innocuous therapy, fish oil supplements, can prevent life-threatening arrhythmias. There is ample basic evidence that n-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil supplements may suppress arrhythmias, and a clinical trial seems warranted.

DESIGN NARRATIVE:

Prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind. Patients were randomized to 4 grams per day of a PUFA fish oil supplement versus an olive oil placebo. The number of therapeutic discharges were recorded from the ICDs and then confirmed from the recorded electrocardiogram strips with the kinds of arrhythmias which had induced the ICD response. The primary end point, time to first ICD event for ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation (VT or VF) confirmed by stored electrograms or death from any cause, was analyzed by intention to treat.

The study completion date listed in this record was obtained from the "End Date" entered in the Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS) record.

Interventional
Phase 3
Allocation: Randomized
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Prevention
  • Arrhythmia
  • Heart Diseases
  • Tachycardia, Ventricular
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
Behavioral: dietary polyunsaturated fatty acid
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Leaf A, Albert CM, Josephson M, Steinhaus D, Kluger J, Kang JX, Cox B, Zhang H, Schoenfeld D; Fatty Acid Antiarrhythmia Trial Investigators. Prevention of fatal arrhythmias in high-risk subjects by fish oil n-3 fatty acid intake. Circulation. 2005 Nov 1;112(18):2762-8.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Completed
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February 2002
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No eligibility criteria
Both
18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
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Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
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NCT00004559
127, R01HL062154
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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
November 2005

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