Long-Term Intermittent Administration of Levosimendan in Patients With Advanced Heart Failure
The purpose of this study is to determine whether the treatment strategy of long-term intermittent every 30 days, continuous intravenous infusion for 24 hours of Levosimendan, associated to optimal contemporary treatment for advanced heart failure reduce the incidence of admission for heart failure worsening at 12 months follow up, compared with the strategy based solely in the optimal contemporary treatment for advanced heart failure.
Aims: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of long-term, intermittent intravenous administration for 24 hours of Levosimendan for the treatment of advanced heart failure. Main end-point: incidence of admission due to decompensation, defined as first admission to emergency services or hospitalization more than 12 hours due to heart failure worsening.
Secondary end-points: major cardiac events, serious adverse events, change in NYHA scale at baseline, 30 days, 6 and 12 months; effects on inflammatory and neurohormonal activation in heart failure, identify factors associated with better survival of patients, quality of life, cost-effectiveness of treatment.
Study Design: Prospective, randomized, double-blind placebo controlled trial.
Scope of the study: patients with advanced heart failure.
Study Subjects: Patients over 18 years old with advanced HF of any etiology, with at least one admission for acute decompensation treated or treatable with Levosimendan within 6 months prior to randomization.
Interventions: a 24-hour infusion every 30 days of Levosimendan or placebo in addition to optimal pharmacological treatment for HF during 12 months.
Determinations: clinical monitoring, protocol-specified analytical determinations, echocardiographic assessment, invasive hemodynamic assessment, functional assessment by 6 min walk test in corridor, quality of life assessment at baseline, after 30 days, 6 months and 12 months.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Advanced Heart Failure
Department of Cardiology. Hospital Universitario de Canarias
S.C. de Tenerife
Enrolling by invitation
Hospital Universitario de Canarias
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00988806
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
A heterogeneous condition in which the heart is unable to pump out sufficient blood to meet the metabolic need of the body. Heart failure can be caused by structural defects, functional abnormalities (VENTRICULAR DYSFUNCTION), or a sudden overload beyond its capacity. Chronic heart failure is more common than acute heart failure which results from sudden insult to cardiac function, such as MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION.
Enlargement of the HEART, usually indicated by a cardiothoracic ratio above 0.50. Heart enlargement may involve the right, the left, or both HEART VENTRICLES or HEART ATRIA. Cardiomegaly is a nonspecific symptom seen in patients with chronic systolic heart failure (HEART FAILURE) or several forms of CARDIOMYOPATHIES.
Heart Failure, Diastolic
Heart failure caused by abnormal myocardial relaxation during DIASTOLE leading to defective cardiac filling.
Heart Failure, Systolic
Heart failure caused by abnormal myocardial contraction during SYSTOLE leading to defective cardiac emptying.
Agents that have a strengthening effect on the heart or that can increase cardiac output. They may be CARDIAC GLYCOSIDES; SYMPATHOMIMETICS; or other drugs. They are used after MYOCARDIAL INFARCT; CARDIAC SURGICAL PROCEDURES; in SHOCK; or in congestive heart failure (HEART FAILURE).
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