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INVEST: INternational VErapamil SR Trandolapril STudy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Florida Identifier:
First received: August 22, 2005
Last updated: September 16, 2011
Last verified: August 2010
Because blood pressure affects the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and the entire body, it is important to keep it as normal as possible. There are several different ways to control blood pressure and to prevent or limit the development of heart disease due to high blood pressure. The purpose of this study is to compare two treatments to see how well they work and the difference in their side effects. One treatment includes the use of a calcium antagonist drug (Isoptin sustained release [SR] or Verapamil SR). The other treatment excludes the calcium antagonist and may include a non-calcium antagonist drug called a beta blocker (Tenormin or Atenolol). Both treatments may also include medication called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and water pills. None of the drugs in this study are experimental, they are all approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Condition Intervention Phase
Coronary Artery Disease
Drug: Verapamil SR/Trandolapril/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ)
Drug: Atenolol/HCTZ/Trandolapril
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: INternational VErapamil SR Trandolapril STudy

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Further study details as provided by University of Florida:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • First occurrence of death or nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) or nonfatal stroke

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Death
  • Nonfatal MI
  • Nonfatal stroke
  • Newly diagnosed diabetes
  • BP control
  • Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Cardiovascular (CV) hospitalizations
  • Quality of life
  • Compliance

Estimated Enrollment: 22000
Study Start Date: September 1997
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2003
Detailed Description:

INVEST is an investigator initiated international, prospective, randomized study comparing two pharmacotherapy strategies to control hypertension in ambulatory patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). One strategy, the calcium antagonist care strategy, centers on a calcium antagonist (verapamil SR) followed by addition of an ACE inhibitor (trandolapril) and then diuretic (hydrochlorothiazide) as needed to achieve target blood pressures (BP). The other strategy, the non-calcium antagonist care strategy, uses a beta-blocker (atenolol) followed by addition of low-dose diuretic and then an ACE inhibitor (trandolapril) as needed to reach target BP. In either strategy additional drugs can be added provided the calcium antagonist is retained in the calcium antagonist care strategy and calcium antagonists are omitted in the non-calcium antagonist care strategy.

The study is organized into 15 international regions with about 1,500 study investigators randomizing approximately 22,000 patients who will be treated for at least two years. The primary response variable is the occurrence of adverse outcome, defined as any of the following events: all cause mortality, nonfatal MI or nonfatal stroke. A number of secondary response variables, including newly diagnosed diabetes will also be evaluated.

The primary objective of this trial is to examine the hypothesis that the risk for adverse outcomes (all cause mortality, nonfatal MI or nonfatal stroke) in hypertensive patients with CAD is at least equivalent during treatment of hypertension with a calcium antagonist strategy when compared with a non-calcium antagonist strategy.

Unique features of INVEST are, in addition to its size and international scope, its design to mimic standard clinical practice and its all electronic online data entry, drug distribution system, study management system, and electronic physician compensation. This system will permit the entire trial to be conducted via the Internet. This design is believed to be a forerunner of clinical trials research for the future.


Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female
  • Age 50 to no upper limit
  • Hypertension documented according to the 6th report of the Joint National Committee on Detection and Evaluation of the treatment of high BP (JNC VI) and the need for drug therapy (previously documented hypertension in patients currently taking antihypertensive agents is acceptable)
  • Documented CAD (e.g., classic angina pectoris (stable angina pectoris; Heberden angina pectoris), myocardial infarction three or more months ago, abnormal coronary angiography, or concordant abnormalities on two different types of stress tests)
  • Willingness to sign informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unstable angina, angioplasty, coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) or stroke within one month. Patients taking beta blockers after myocardial infarction are excluded if study enrollment is planned within 12 months of myocardial infarction. No time limitation if not taking beta-blocker.
  • Use of a ß-blocker within past two weeks
  • Patients without a pacemaker and any of the following:

    • Sinus bradycardia (< 50 beats/min.)
    • Sick sinus syndrome
    • Atrioventricular (AV)-block of more than 1st degree
  • Documented contraindication to verapamil; documented contraindication to both atenolol and hydrochlorothiazide
  • Atrial fibrillation/flutter with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW)-Syndrome
  • Severe heart failure (New York Heart Association [NYHA] IV).
  • Concomitant illnesses (e.g., severe renal failure [Serum creatinine ≥4.0 mg/dl], severe hepatic failure or known cirrhosis, etc.) which may affect outcome variables or where life expectancy is two years or less or which are likely to require frequent hospitalizations and/or treatment adjustments.
  • Patients with psychiatric, cognitive, or social (e.g., alcoholism, etc.) conditions that would interfere with giving consent or cooperating or remaining available for follow-up for two years.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00133692

United States, Florida
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, United States, 32610-0277
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Florida
Principal Investigator: Carl J Pepine, MD University of Florida
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Responsible Party: University of Florida Identifier: NCT00133692     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: INVEST
Study First Received: August 22, 2005
Last Updated: September 16, 2011

Keywords provided by University of Florida:
Coronary Artery Disease
Verapamil SR

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Coronary Artery Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Coronary Disease
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Antihypertensive Agents
Natriuretic Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sodium Chloride Symporter Inhibitors
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors
Protease Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Adrenergic beta-1 Receptor Antagonists
Adrenergic beta-Antagonists
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