Cardiac Disease and the Electrocardiogram in SCI Patients
The purpose of this three-year study is to determine the prevalence and incidence of the different types of cardiac disease and ECG abnormalities in SCI patients. Study goals are: (i) delineation of the specific types of heart disease that occur in the SCI population as manifested both pre-clinically and clinically and (ii) demonstration of their association with ECG findings. This will enable validation of scores and algorithms using the inexpensive and widely available ECG for the prevention of heart disease as well as it's early treatment and rehabilitation in SCI patients.
The findings will be helpful in demonstrating what cardiological tests are appropriate for the mandated annual evaluation of SCI patients.
The purpose of this three-year study is to determine the prevalence and incidence of the different types of cardiac disease and ECG abnormalities in SCI patients seen at the PAVA SCIC and their association. Study goals include: i) delineation of the specific types of heart disease that occur in the SCI population as manifested both pre-clinically and clinically and ii) demonstration of their association with ECG findings. This will enable validation of scores and algorithms using the inexpensive and widely available ECG for the prevention of heart disease as well as it's early treatment and rehabilitation in SCI patients. Our findings will be helpful in demonstrating what cardiological tests are appropriate for the mandated annual evaluation of SCI patients.
There are two components to this study:
An outcomes component to complete information previously gathered in clinical and computerized databases of 800 SCI patients and a convenience sample of age-matched able-bodied veterans and perform a follow up for cardiac events.
A screening component to identify pre-clinical disease will include Holter ECG recordings and echocardiograms on patients without symptoms or evidence for heart disease seen in the SCI center during the course of the study and age-matched able-bodied veterans.
Hypothesis (a): The prevalence and incidence of cardiac diseases including coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathy will be higher in the SCI population than age-matched samples of the able-bodied population while valvular disease and arrhythmia will be similar. (b): The prevalence and incidence of cardiac disease in SCI individuals will be associated with level and completeness of injury (ie, higher occurrence in those with higher lesion levels and more complete injuries.) (c) The ECG will be helpful in SCI patients in early identification and secondary prevention of both ischemic and cardiomyopathic heart disease. (d) Continuous Holter ECG recordings or echocardiograms will only be indicated for screening specific SCI patients identified by clinical and electrocardiographic features.
Time Perspective: Prospective
Spinal Cord Injury
VAMC, Palo Alto
Department of Veterans Affairs
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00013325
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Spinal Cord Regeneration
Repair of the damaged neuron function after SPINAL CORD INJURY or SPINAL CORD DISEASES.
Central Cord Syndrome
A syndrome associated with traumatic injury to the cervical or upper thoracic regions of the spinal cord characterized by weakness in the arms with relative sparing of the legs and variable sensory loss. This condition is associated with ischemia, hemorrhage, or necrosis involving the central portions of the spinal cord. Corticospinal fibers destined for the legs are spared due to their more external location in the spinal cord. This clinical pattern may emerge during recovery from spinal shock. Deficits may be transient or permanent.
Spinal Cord Vascular Diseases
Pathological processes involving any of the BLOOD VESSELS feeding the SPINAL CORD, such as the anterior and paired posterior spinal arteries or their many branches. Disease processes may include ATHEROSCLEROSIS; EMBOLISM; and ARTERIOVENOUS MALFORMATIONS leading to ISCHEMIA or HEMORRHAGE into the spinal cord (hematomyelia).
Spinal Cord Diseases
Pathologic conditions which feature SPINAL CORD damage or dysfunction, including disorders involving the meninges and perimeningeal spaces surrounding the spinal cord. Traumatic injuries, vascular diseases, infections, and inflammatory/autoimmune processes may affect the spinal cord.
Spinal Cord Ischemia
Reduced blood flow to the spinal cord which is supplied by the anterior spinal artery and the paired posterior spinal arteries. This condition may be associated with ARTERIOSCLEROSIS, trauma, emboli, diseases of the aorta, and other disorders. Prolonged ischemia may lead to INFARCTION of spinal cord tissue.
A drug called AV650 (tolperisone HCl) will be given to patients who have spasticity following a spinal cord injury. This study has three purposes: 1. To determine whether AV650 is safe...
Incomplete spinal cord injury often results in difficulty walking. Training on a treadmill with body weight support may improve walking ability after spinal cord injury. The purpose of thi...
To determine whether functional electrical stimulation (FES) promotes neurological and physical recovery in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). The researchers will investigate the ex...
The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of oxandrolone on the function and quality of life of patients with chronic spinal cord injury.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of an implanted stimulator and sensor for providing hand and arm function for individuals with cervical level spinal cord injury.
Study design:Retrospective cohort.Objectives:To estimate the association between the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) for spinal cord injury (SCI) patients at time of discharge from rehabilitatio...
Objective: To determine and compare haemodynamic responses at maximal arm-crank (ACE) and wheelchair exercise (WCE) in individuals with cervical spinal cord injury and pair-matched able-bodied individ...
Objective:To clarify the incidence and characteristics of spinal cord concussion in an urban city in Japan.Methods:The current retrospective study was conducted by reviewing the medical records of pat...
The synthetic derivative of pregnenolone MAP4343 (3β-methoxy-pregnenolone) binds in vitro to microtubule-associated-protein 2 (MAP2), stimulates the polymerization of tubulin, enhances the extension...
This short review summarizes developments and achievements made during the last few years in spinal neurology and includes all relevant papers published in the Journal of Neurology during this time. A...