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In this study, investigators will evaluate the effect of vitamin C on endothelial function, exercise tolerance and quality of life in patients with a single ventricle who have been palliated to Fontan physiology. The hypothesis is that vitamin C will result in improved exercise tolerance and endothelial function in patients who have undergone the Fontan operation, compared to placebo.
Recent evidence suggests that after Fontan operation, single ventricle patients have impaired function of the vascular endothelium due in part to abnormalities in nitric oxide signaling. Endothelial dysfunction may contribute to the development of congestive heart failure and exercise intolerance that have been well-documented in Fontan patients. Therapeutic interventions to improve endothelial function in adults with heart failure have mainly focused on increasing the synthesis or decreasing the degradation of nitric oxide. We propose a randomized, prospective, placebo-controlled trial of vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects NO deactivation, in subjects with single ventricular anatomy after Fontan palliation. The specific aims of this study are to compare NO signaling, endothelial function and exercise capacity in Fontan subjects to that of a control group that is frequency-matched to case subjects by age and sex, and to assess NO signaling, endothelial function and exercise capacity in Fontan subjects after 4 weeks of oral vitamin C (or placebo) therapy. These results have particular importance because improving the endothelial response in Fontan patients has the potential to reduce the risk of developing congestive heart failure and improve exercise capacity. Furthermore, assessing endothelial function and the effects of therapies aimed at improving vascular health may be generalizable to many other chronic pediatric conditions associated with increased cardiovascular risk such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Vitamin C, Placebo
University of Michigan
University of Michigan
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:19:29-0400
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