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Enhanced External Counterpulsation

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Identifier:
First received: June 18, 2008
Last updated: May 17, 2011
Last verified: June 2008
Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is a noninvasive circulatory assist device that has been as a treatment option for refractory angina in left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. Recently, its potential role in heart failure management has been shown. However, although the concept of EECP was introduced almost four decades ago, and despite growing evidence supporting the clinical benefit and safety of this therapeutic modality, little is firmly established regarding the mechanisms responsible for the benefit of EECP include improvement in endothelial function, promotion of coronary collateralization, enhancement of ventricular function, and peripheral effects. Therefore, the major aim of this study is to provide an alternative treatment, EECP, for those unsuitable for standard procedures, especially for patients whose heart failure was caused by repeated myocardial infarction, called ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICMP), and to evaluate the clinical outcome and the endothelial function before and after 35 hours of EECP treatment.

Coronary Artery Disease Congestive Heart Failure

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Enhanced External Counterpulsation for Ischemic Cardiomyopathy

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Further study details as provided by Far Eastern Memorial Hospital:

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA
serum and plasma

Enrollment: 19
Study Start Date: April 2006
Primary Completion Date: December 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with ischemia coronary artery diseases and congestive heart failure not amenable to standard procedures

Inclusion Criteria:

  • The inclusion criteria is left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) less than 40% by means of left ventricular angiography and symptomatic mild-to-moderate heart failure (New York Heart Association [NYHA] functional class II-III). The patient was included if there is no suitable target for either percutaneous coronary intervention or surgical bypass grafting.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • IF he/she has moderate or severe aortic regurgitation (AR), history of deep vein thrombosis, or significant arrhythmia.
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Responsible Party: Shih-Hong Huang, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Identifier: NCT01355315     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 95005
Study First Received: June 18, 2008
Last Updated: May 17, 2011

Keywords provided by Far Eastern Memorial Hospital:
ischemic cardiomyopathy
ischemia coronary artery diseases
congestive heart failure not amenable to standard procedures

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Coronary Artery Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Coronary Disease
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
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