PreventIon of CArdiovascular Events in iSchemic Stroke Patients With High Risk of Cerebral HemOrrhage

2014-07-24 14:10:56 | BioPortfolio


Through this study, the investigators are to prove that Cilostazol effectively prevent cardiovascular events in ischemic stroke patients with high risk of cerebral hemorrhage, along with no significant increase in the risk of occurrence of hemorrhagic side effects.

The primary hypothesis of this study is; Cilostazol alone or with probucol will reduce the risk of cerebral hemorrhage without increase of cardiovascular events compared to aspirin in the ischemic stroke patients with symptomatic or asymptomatic old cerebral hemorrhage.

This study will prove the superiority of cilostazol on the prevention of cerebral hemorrhagic events without increasing the cardiovascular events against aspirin and the superiority of probucol on the prevention of overall cardiovascular events.


It has been generally accepted that 'old age' and 'hypertension' may be risk factors not only for cerebral infarction but also for cerebral hemorrhage. Usually 40 to 60 percent of recurrent strokes after cerebral hemorrhage cases are cerebral infarction; and 5 to 10 percent of recurrent stroke after cerebral infarction cases are cerebral hemorrhage.

Consequently, for the reasons described above, hemorrhagic side effects including cerebral hemorrhage have been a great concern, in the usage of antiplatelet agent or anticoagulant for the secondary prevention in the patients with cerebral infarction.

It is reported that the occurrence of cerebral hemorrhage tends to increase in cases of accompanying lacunar infarction which occurs more frequently in Asians than in Westerners, or periventricular ischemic change which increasingly occurs with ageing. Accordingly, the point is that the occurrence of cerebral hemorrhage should be primarily considered in the treatment of cerebral infarction, along with the phenomenon of an ageing population both in Asian countries including Korea.

Nevertheless, so far there has been no clinical research regarding secondary prevention of stroke, particularly considering the risk of occurrence of hemorrhage in cerebral infarction cases. However, according to a recent study, when phosphodiesterase inhibitors including Cilostazol are used independently, or in combination with aspirin, secondary prevention can be improved without increasing the occurrence of hemorrhagic side effects.

Considering this, if it is proved that the agent, Cilostazol, could decrease the risk of occurrence of stoke, along with no significant increase in the risk of occurrence of hemorrhagic side effects, by selecting a patent group with a high risk of cerebral hemorrhage, the agent (Cilostazol) may be recognized as an unique antiplatelet agent applicable to old-aged patient with cerebral infarction who have a certain risk of cerebral hemorrhage.

- High risk of cerebral hemorrhage is defined as presence of history of cerebral hemorrhage with appropriate neuroimage findings or presence of asymptomatic old intraparenchymal hemorrhage (more than 10mm) on the GRE images.

- 1592 ischemic stroke patients with high risk of cerebral hemorrhage will be recruited and they are randomized into four groups (cilostazol plus probucol, aspirin plus probucol, cilostazol and aspirin) by 2X2 factorial design.

- IMT and ABI will be measured every year during follow-up period and the results will be compared with the baseline data. The change of IMT and ABI will be analyzed with the occurrence of cardiovascular events.

- The study will finish at least 1 year after the recruit of 1592th patients. Until the finish, all patients will continuously take study medications and visit every 3months at the study site.

- Brain MRI including FLAIR and GRE will be done at the final visits.

Study Design

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


Brain Ischemia


Cilostazol, Probucol, Aspirin, placebo of cilostazol, placebo of aspirin, ankle-brachial index (ABI), intima-medial thickness (IMT), new asymptomatic brain hemorrhage, new ischemic lesions on follow-up FLAIR images


Chungbuk National University Hospital
Korea, Republic of




Asan Medical Center

Results (where available)

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