Renal Optimization Strategies Evaluation in Acute Heart Failure

2014-08-27 03:13:21 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to determine the benefits and safety of intravenous administration of low dose nesiritide or low dose dopamine in patients with congestive heart failure and kidney dysfunction.


Acute heart failure (AHF) is the most common cause of hospital admission in patients over age 65, accounting for 1,000,000 admissions, over 6 million hospital days, and $12 billion in costs annually. The prognosis of patients admitted with AHF is dismal, with a 20-30% readmission rate and a 20-30% mortality rate within six months after admission. Recent studies have established the prognostic importance of renal function in patients with heart failure. In patients who are hospitalized with decompensated congestive heart failure, worsening renal function is also associated with worse outcome, Various studies have estimated that 25-30% of patients hospitalized for decompensated CHF have worsening of renal function leading to prolonged hospitalization, increased morbidity and mortality. Although there are no FDA approved renal adjuvant therapies for AHF, several novel adjuvant therapies for use in AHF are being investigated in randomized clinical trials. Additionally, there are currently available strategies, with the potential for improving renal function in AHF such as low dose dopamine and low dose nesiritide. However, these strategies have not been investigated.

Participation in this study will last 6 months. All potential participants will undergo initial screening, which wil include a medical history, physical exam, blood draws, measurements of fluid intake and output, and questionnaires. The same evaluations and procedures will be repeated at various points during the study. Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to receive low dose nesiritide or placebo with optimal diuretic dosing or low dose dopamine or placebo with optimal diuretic dosing.

Follow-up assessments will occur at Baseline, 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, day 7 or discharge, day 60 and 6 months. Follow-up assessments will include medical history, physical exam, blood draws, measurements of fluid intake and output, questionnaires and questions about medications and changes in health.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Acute Heart Failure


Placebo plus optimal diuretic dosing, Nesiritide, Dopamine


Morehouse School of Medicine
United States


Not yet recruiting


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:13:21-0400

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