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Maturational Changes in Cardiac Structures -- Blood Pressure Relationship -- SCOR in Hypertension

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00005469
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 26, 2000
Last Update Posted : May 13, 2016
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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Brief Summary:
To examine a school-based population of children for maturational changes in blood pressure and cardiac structures.

Condition or disease
Cardiovascular Diseases Heart Diseases Hypertension

Detailed Description:


Although excessive left ventricular mass has been viewed as an adaptation to increased blood pressure, it can precede the rise in blood pressure in hypertensive models. Excessive growth of the heart may reflect additional factors contributing to eventual level of blood pressure. In children, rapid heart growth may be predictive of subsequent high childhood blood pressure level and greater incidence of cardiovascular disease in adult relatives. These studies had the potential of defining maturational changes in known risk factors which might help predict future hypertensive disease.

The study was a subproject within a Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) in Hypertension. The Request for Applications for the SCOR was released in October, 1988.


A total of 124 prepubertal males and females were followed longitudinally for five years. Yearly examinations defined the stages of sexual maturation. On four occasions each year, subjects were studied for resting and ambulatory blood pressure, echocardiography, anthropometry and activity assessment. Once yearly, each subject had blood drawn for hormone analyses and whole blood viscosity estimate. From these data, growth velocities of the heart and rate of change of blood pressure were determined. These parameters were analyzed to determine if rapid growth of the heart preceded or followed the rise in blood pressure observed during puberty and body size and composition, sexual maturation and hormone changes, and sympathetic activity.

The study was a subproject within a SCOR in Hypertension. Approximately 7 percent of total dollars were awarded for this subproject.

The study completion date listed in this record was obtained from the "End Date" entered in the Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS) record.

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Study Type : Observational
Study Start Date : September 1990
Actual Study Completion Date : November 1996

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 100 Years   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
No eligibility criteria
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00005469    
Other Study ID Numbers: 4914
P50HL044546 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: May 26, 2000    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 13, 2016
Last Verified: May 2000
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases
Vascular Diseases