Warfarin and Antiplatelet Vascular Evaluation
Recruitment status was Active, not recruiting
The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether the addition of warfarin (a blood-thinning medication) to an antiplatelet therapy like aspirin is better than antiplatelet therapy alone (i.e. usual treatment) for the prevention of leg surgery, heart attacks, stroke and death in people with peripheral vascular disease.
Peripheral Vascular Diseases
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||A Phase III Randomized Trial of Warfarin Plus Antiplatelet Therapy Versus Antiplatelet Therapy Alone in Patients With Peripheral Vascular Disease|
- The composite of cardiovascular (CV) death, first occurrence of myocardial infarction (MI), or stroke
- The composite of CV death, first occurrence of MI, stroke, or severe ischemia requiring urgent intervention of the coronary (PTCA, CABG) or peripheral artery circulation (thrombolytic therapy, angioplasty, bypass surgery, limb amputation)
- CV death, MI, stroke, amputation, revascularization of the coronary or peripheral arteries, or admission to hospital for unstable angina with electrocardiogram (ECG) changes
- CV death, MI, stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), amputation or revascularization of the coronary, carotid, or leg arteries
- All cause death, MI, TIA, stroke, amputation, or revascularization of the coronary or peripheral arteries
|Study Start Date:||January 2000|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||April 2006|
Atherosclerosis is the underlying cause of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) of the lower extremities, and leads to intermittent claudication, leg ulceration and gangrene. More importantly, symptomatic PVD is an ominous sign that widespread atherosclerosis is present and patients with this condition suffer a threefold increase in myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, and CV death. These CV events are a consequence of rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque, which leads to platelet activation and thrombin generation, thrombus formation and occlusion of a critical blood vessel. Antiplatelet therapy has been clearly demonstrated to reduce major CV events. It is also reasonable to expect that this process may be further attenuated by the addition of an anti-thrombin agent (such as warfarin) in combination with antiplatelet agents.
WAVE is a large, international, multicentre, randomized clinical trial in high-risk PVD patients to evaluate the additional benefit of moderate intensity warfarin (target INR of 2.4-3.0) to antiplatelet therapy compared to antiplatelet therapy alone in reducing serious cardiovascular events.
There are currently 80 active centres following participants in Canada, Poland, Australia, Hungary, China, Ukraine, and the Netherlands. Following randomization to one of the two treatment groups, participants will require clinic or phone follow-up visits every 3 months for 2.5 or 3.5 years. For participants on warfarin, INRs will be measured monthly or more frequently if required. For participants who stop warfarin therapy prematurely, every attempt will be made to have them restart it
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00125671
|Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University|
|Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8L 2X2|
|Principal Investigator:||Sonia Anand, MD PhD FRCPc||Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University|