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Cardiovascular Diseases in HIV-infected Patients HIV-HEART Study: 7.5 Years Follow-up

This study has been completed.
HIV-HEART Study Investigative Group
German Heart Failure Network
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Bristol-Myers Squibb
ViiV Healthcare
Gilead Sciences GmbH
Janssen-Cilag GmbH
Boehringer Ingelheim
MSD Sharp & Dohmen GmbH
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Stefan Esser M.D., University Hospital, Essen Identifier:
First received: August 16, 2012
Last updated: October 27, 2014
Last verified: October 2014

Since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy life expectancy of HIV-infected persons is rising. Different cohorts are observing an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases in this aging HIV-infected population. Traditional cardiovascular risk factors like smoking are more frequent in HIV-infected persons. For example chronic inflammation due to HIV-infection and metabolic disorders also caused by some antiretroviral substances as special non-traditional risk factors in HIV-infected persons can influence the development of cardiovascular diseases additionally. Therefore new research focus in special risk profile associated with HIV-infection or antiretroviral treatment and prevention for HIV-infected patients is developing.

This present study is an ongoing prospective regional multicenter trial that was conducted to analyse the incidence, prevalence and clinical course of cardiovacular disorders in HIV-infected out-patients.

Cardiac disorders witch are associated with HIV are pericarditis, pleural effusion, pulmonary hypertension, dilated cardiomyopathy, heart failure, myocarditis, bacterial endocarditis and heart valve disorders. In addition to previously stated disorders of the heart, the premature atherosclerosis of coronary arteries, a further even more important disease of the heart in this patient population, went into the focus of most HIV-researchers and physicians.

Condition Intervention
Coronary Heart Disease Heart Failure HIV AIDS Metabolic Syndrome Other: Comprehensive non invasive cardiovascular examination

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: HIV-HEART STUDY: A Prospective, Epidemiologic and Multicentre Trial to Determine the Cardiovascular Risk in HIV-infected Patients

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Further study details as provided by Stefan Esser M.D., University Hospital, Essen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Cardiovascular Diseases in HIV-infected Patients [ Time Frame: Baseline up to 7.5 follow-up to ]
    The detection of prevalence, aetiology, progression and severity of cardiovascular diseases - especially of coronary artery disease in HIV-infected patients.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Cardiovascular Disorders in HIV-infected Patients HIV-HEART [ Time Frame: Baseline up to 5 years follow-up ]
    Complementary the study also investigates the impact of classic cardiovascular risk factors like gender, age, blood fat and also new HIV-specific risk factors of coronary artery disease like viral-load, CD4-cell count and stage of the infection. The HIV-HEART study will focus the impact of medication including cardiovascular and antiretroviral medication. Further secondary objectives will be examined, including economic costs and the subjectively quality of life of subjects with and without cardiovascular diseases in this patient population.

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Stored blood samples

Enrollment: 1481
Study Start Date: April 2012
Study Completion Date: October 2014
Primary Completion Date: April 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Regional Ruhrgebiets Cohort
HIV-positive patients in the German Ruhr-Region from out-patient clinics of hospitals and HIV-physicians pratices
Other: Comprehensive non invasive cardiovascular examination
  • Anamnesis with the participian
  • File recherche,Physical examination
  • Documentation of the carciovascular and antiretroviral medical therapy
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Transthoracic echocardiography
  • Exercise electrocardiogram
  • Measuring of the arterial media thickness
  • Exercise Montreal Cognitive Assesment test
  • Exercise the Grooved Pegboard test
  • Blood collection
  • Questionnaire to quality of life and health economics

Detailed Description:
A comprehensive detailed description of the study procedures had been previously published (European Journal of medical research 2007;12:243-248).

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Participiants were included in several cities of the Ruhrarea. Locations were Essen, Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg The study population included outpatients who were at least 18 years of age, had a known HIV-infection and exhibited a stable disease status within 4 weeks before inclusion of the trial. Written informed consent was obtained from all participants.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age > 18 years
  • Known HIV-infection
  • Written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Acute cardiovascular disease
  • Unstable hemodynamic status in the three weeks before inclusion
  • Pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01667068

University Hospital of Bochum, Department of Dermatology
Bochum, Germany, 44791
HIV Outpatient Department
Dortmund, Germany, 44137
Health Center
Duisburg, Germany, 47249
University Hospital, Department of Dermatology and Venerology
Essen, Germany, 45147
University Hospital, West German Heart Center Essen
Essen, Germany, 45147
Clinical Coordinating Center Leipzig
Leipzig, Germany, 04107
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Essen
HIV-HEART Study Investigative Group
German Heart Failure Network
German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Bristol-Myers Squibb
ViiV Healthcare
Gilead Sciences GmbH
Janssen-Cilag GmbH
Boehringer Ingelheim
MSD Sharp & Dohmen GmbH
Principal Investigator: Stefan Esser, MD University Hospital, Essen
Principal Investigator: Till Neumann Neumann, MD University Hospital, Essen
  More Information


Responsible Party: Stefan Esser M.D., Academic Director, University Hospital, Essen Identifier: NCT01667068     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 12-4970-BO
Study First Received: August 16, 2012
Last Updated: October 27, 2014

Keywords provided by Stefan Esser M.D., University Hospital, Essen:
Cardiac Diseases
Antiretroviral Therapy
Cardiovascular Medication
Risk Factors
coronary heart disease
heart failure
metabolic syndrome

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Heart Diseases
Metabolic Syndrome X
Coronary Disease
Coronary Artery Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Cardiovascular Diseases
Insulin Resistance
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases processed this record on September 20, 2017