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Endothelial Function in Lower Extremity Bypass Grafts

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: NCT00759707
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 25, 2008
Results First Posted : April 6, 2017
Last Update Posted : May 16, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Joshua A. Beckman, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brief Summary:
This study will determine whether or not saphenous vein [arterial] bypass grafts in the leg relax in response to increases in blood flow.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Peripheral Arterial Disease Drug: L-N^G monomethyl arginine (L-NMMA) Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Subjects who have undergone saphenous vein [arterial] bypass grafts from the femoral to above-knee popliteal artery will undergo ultrasound imaging at rest, and again after 5 minutes of blood pressure cuff occlusion of the calf. (at 1 minute and 15 minutes) Subjects will then be given sub-lingual nitroglycerin, and repeat ultrasound will be performed 3 minutes later. Following 10 minutes of rest, subjects will be given intravenous L-NMMA, a specific nitric oxide inhibitor, to help determine the responsible agent of the vein graft flow mediated dilation.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 19 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Masking Description: Investigators who analyzed the results of vascular function testing were blinded to the participant identity.
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Endothelial Function in Lower Extremity Bypass Grafts
Study Start Date : April 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2009

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
ultrasound imaging of saphenous vein bypass graft following an ischemic stimulus, administration of sublingual nitroglycerin and intravenous administration of L-NMMA.
Drug: L-N^G monomethyl arginine (L-NMMA)
L-NMMA was infused at a dose of 1 mg/kg over 10 minutes to competitively inhibit the production of nitric oxide. Ultrasound imaging of the saphenous vein [arterial] bypass at baseline, and following an ischemic stimulus, administration of sublingual nitroglycerin, and intravenous administration of L-NMMA.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change From Baseline in Saphenous Vein Bypass Graft Vasodilation [ Time Frame: Single visit study ]
    Flow-mediated, endothelium-dependent vasodilation was determined by comparing baseline vein graft diameter with vein graft diameter as measured after deflation of a 2.5-inch wide sphygmomanometric cuff that had been inflated to suprasystolic pressure for 5 minutes. The cuff was never placed directly over the graft. Vasodilation of the vein graft was determined by acquiring images at 1 minute after cuff deflation.

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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:

  • Adults who have undergone femoral artery to above-knee popliteal artery saphenous vein bypass grafts

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Amputation beyond the toes
  • Critical limb ischemia defined as rest pain, non-healing ulceration or gangrene
  • Pregnancy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00759707

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United States, Massachusetts
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brigham and Women's Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Joshua A. Beckman, M.D. Brigham and Women's Hospital

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Responsible Party: Joshua A. Beckman, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital Identifier: NCT00759707     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2006P-000424
First Posted: September 25, 2008    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: April 6, 2017
Last Update Posted: May 16, 2017
Last Verified: April 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Joshua A. Beckman, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital:
saphenous vein bypass grafts
flow-mediated vasodilation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral Vascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action