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Skeletal Myopathy of Heart Failure

2014-07-24 14:10:22 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Patients with heart failure cannot exercise as well as those who do not have heart failure, but the exercise dysfunction is not directly attributable to heart dysfunction. Rather, exercise is limited by problems with the skeletal muscles, the muscles in the arms and legs. In this study, the investigators are testing the hypothesis that high adrenaline levels lead to characteristic changes in skeletal muscles, and that interruption of these high adrenaline levels will lead to reversal of these muscle changes and improved exercise ability.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Basic Science

Conditions

Heart Failure

Intervention

clonidine, clinically indicated biventricular pacemaker

Location

UCaliforniaLA
Los Angeles
California
United States
90095

Status

Recruiting

Source

University of California, Los Angeles

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-24T14:10:22-0400

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