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Use of Fish Oils to Reduce the Frequency and Duration of Episodes of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients With Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation.

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 4, 2005
Last Update Posted : May 30, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Melbourne Health

Brief Summary:

The purpose of this study is to investigate whether fish oil supplements may reduce the frequency and duration of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation episodes.

Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition which effects a large percentage of the population .

Atrial fibrillation is a condition frequently experienced by people who have had pacemakers inserted .

Certain Pacemakers have sophisticated monitoring features that are able to recognise episodes of atrial fibrillation.

Fish oil supplements may be of benefit to patients with heart problems.Recent evidence suggests that fish oils may be beneficial to patients with rhythm disturbances.

By interrogating pacemakers this study will investigate the effect of fish oil supplements on the frequency and duration of episodes of atrial fibrillation.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Atrial Fibrillation Drug: Fish oil Phase 4

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 80 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : December 2003
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2013

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Drug Information available for: Fish oil

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Fish oil
Patients prescribed 6g/day of fish oil containing total 1.8 g of EPA+DHA in a 1.5:1 ratio
Drug: Fish oil
No Intervention: Control
No fish oil exposure

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Atrial tachycardia and atrial fibrillation burden [ Time Frame: 18 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Frequency and duration of atrial tachycardia/fibrillation episodes [ Time Frame: 18 months ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Safety and tolerability of fish oil [ Time Frame: 18 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 88 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who have had at least 2 previous episodes of atrial fibrillation and an implanted pacemaker.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with chronic atrial fibrillation

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00232245

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Australia, Victoria
Royal Melbourne hospital
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3050
Sponsors and Collaborators
Melbourne Health
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Principal Investigator: Paul Sparks Melbourne Health
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Responsible Party: Melbourne Health Identifier: NCT00232245    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2003.216
First Posted: October 4, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 30, 2013
Last Verified: February 2013
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Atrial Fibrillation
Arrhythmias, Cardiac
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Pathologic Processes