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Sympathetic Nervous System Modulation in Hypertension

This study has been terminated.
(Publications appeared suggesting increased mortality using beta-blockers as primary therapy for hypertension.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Myron C. Gerson, University of Cincinnati Identifier:
First received: June 21, 2007
Last updated: July 16, 2012
Last verified: July 2012
Results First Received: February 22, 2011  
Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized;   Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment;   Masking: Open Label;   Primary Purpose: Treatment
Condition: Hypertension
Intervention: Drug: Sustained release metoprolol

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Recruitment Details
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The study was stopped early due to concerns resulting from a publication reporting an increased in mortality in cardiac deaths in patients treated with beta-blockers as the primary drug for hypertension. Although no adverse reactions were observed in the present study, it was decided by the PI that beta-blockers could not ethically be continued.

Pre-Assignment Details
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Participant Flow:   Overall Study
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Study Enrollment   24 

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Population Description
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Baseline Measures
   Group 1 
Overall Participants Analyzed 
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[Units: Participants]
<=18 years   0 
Between 18 and 65 years   21 
>=65 years   3 
[Units: Years]
Mean (Standard Deviation)
 48  (11) 
[Units: Participants]
Female   14 
Male   10 
Region of Enrollment 
[Units: Participants]
United States   24 

  Outcome Measures

1.  Primary:   Improved Sympathetic Cardiac Innervation.   [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

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Limitations of the study, such as early termination leading to small numbers of participants analyzed and technical problems with measurement leading to unreliable or uninterpretable data
Early termination due to a publication in the literature suggesting potential increased cardiac mortality in hypertensive patients treated primarily with beta blockers. Did not feel that continued treatment in volunteer subjects could be justified.

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Certain Agreements:  
Principal Investigators are NOT employed by the organization sponsoring the study.
There is NOT an agreement between Principal Investigators and the Sponsor (or its agents) that restricts the PI's rights to discuss or publish trial results after the trial is completed.

Results Point of Contact:  
Name/Title: Myron Gerson MD
Organization: University of Cincinnati
phone: 5135583974

Responsible Party: Myron C. Gerson, University of Cincinnati Identifier: NCT00491387     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: #07-01-12-01
Study First Received: June 21, 2007
Results First Received: February 22, 2011
Last Updated: July 16, 2012