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Effect of Supplemental Intake of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids on the Rate and Complexity of Spontaneously Occurring Ventricular and Supraventricular Arrhythmias in Patients With Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) - A Randomized Clinical Trial

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: NCT00290056
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified November 2009 by Sheba Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : February 10, 2006
Last Update Posted : November 4, 2009
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Sheba Medical Center

Brief Summary:
We hypothesize that oral supplementation with omega-3 PUFA will decrease occurrence of arrhythmic events among post-MI, ICD recipients.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Coronary Artery Disease Arrhythmia Drug: Eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexanoic acid (DHA). Phase 4

Detailed Description:

This is a randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover, double- blind interventional study. Patients will receive 3.6 g of EPA and DHA fish oil and placebo oil for 6 months, randomly, in a crossover design, with a four month washout period between treatments.

Randomization will be stratified by ejection fraction (≤ 35% or > 35%), and the type of the index arrhythmia (VT - spontaneous or inducible by electrophysiologic study (EPS), versus other - VF, SCD, Primary prevention - MADIT II).

Ischemia severity was chosen to be evaluated by Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) during stress (dipyridamol infusion).

Subcutaneous adipose-tissue biopsy, a biomarker considered the gold-standard for the objective assessment of long-term habitual dietary intake of fish and marine omega-3 PUFA (EPA and DHA) will be obtain.

Compliance will be monitored by counting returned capsules or bottles and by measuring the omega-3 PUFA composition in red blood cells (RBC).

Three different types of questionnaires will be used in this trial to obtain more information as to the additional potential benefit of omega-3 PUFA supplementation:

  1. The newly Israeli Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) will be used to examine dietary intake of other nutritional habits/patterns and its relationship to the study outcomes.
  2. The Hebrew language SF-36 health survey will be used to examine general health status.
  3. The Back questionnaires will be use to examine possible beneficial effects of fish oil supplementation on depressive symptomatology.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 105 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Study Start Date : November 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 2010

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MedlinePlus related topics: Arrhythmia

Intervention Details:
  • Drug: Eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexanoic acid (DHA).
    3.6 gram oral supplementation for 6 months.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. number of VT/VF episodes [ Time Frame: continous ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. All-cause mortality, cardiac mortality, recurrent and myocardial infarction. [ Time Frame: continous ]
  2. Atrial arrhythmia and non-sustained ventricular arrhythmia (non-sustained VT or ventricular premature complex (PVC)) as documented by ICD memory or 24 hour ECG (Holter) recording. [ Time Frame: 24 hours ]
  3. Whether omega-3 PUFA supplementation exerts different effects according to ischemia severity assessed by stress perfusion nuclear imaging. [ Time Frame: time of the test ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • post-MI patients.
  • Both single and Dual chamber ICD recipient.
  • implanted more than 3 months ago.
  • Agree to give written informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Less than 18 years of age.
  • ICD implantation as a 'bridge' to heart transplantation.
  • Stable antiarrhythmic medication over the last month prior to enrollment.
  • Patients taking class I antiarrhythmic medication.
  • A projected lifespan less than one year.
  • Participation in another trial (during or within 90 days before the study).
  • Use of supplemental n-3 fatty acids during the last 3 months.
  • Women who are pregnant and of childbearing potential who do not use adequate contraception.
  • Patients known to have a history of recent drug or alcohol abuse. 10) History or current intestinal or hepatic disease.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00290056

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The Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
Tel Aviv, Israel, 64239.
Sheba Medical Center, Heart Institute, Electrophysiology Unit
Tel-Hashomer, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sheba Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: David Luria, MD Sheba Medical Center
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Responsible Party: Dalit Weisman, Sheba Medical Center Identifier: NCT00290056    
Other Study ID Numbers: SHEBA-04-3494-DL-CTIL
First Posted: February 10, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 4, 2009
Last Verified: November 2009
Keywords provided by Sheba Medical Center:
Omega-3 PUFA
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Coronary Artery Disease
Arrhythmias, Cardiac
Coronary Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Pathologic Processes