High Resolution Phenotyping in Healthy Humans
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00943774|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 22, 2009
Last Update Posted : January 6, 2016
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment|
|Pressor Response Baroreflex Sensitivity Blood Pressure Variability Heart Rate Variability Arterial Catecholamines||Other: Physiological maneuvers|
Growing evidence suggests an association of environmental stress with the development of hypertension and there is strong evidence in normotensive subjects that a greater pressor response to sympathoexcitatory stress is a harbinger of future hypertension. Pharmacological studies have shown that individuals with HTN have a blunted baroreflex sensitivity, and display a greater increase in blood pressure during administration of an alpha-agonist. Furthermore, exaggerated 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure variability (BPV) is proposed to be a risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease. Finally, Beta-2 adrenergic receptor-mediated forearm vasodilator responses to mental stress are blunted in Caucasian subjects at increased risk for hypertension, in African Americans, and in mild hypertension. We postulate that a relationship exists between these variables, even in normotensive healthy individuals. We also believe that signs of subclinical metabolic dysfunction exist in healthy individuals and that they may either contribute to or be affected by BPV. There is also evidence the prematurity at birth and low birth weight are associated with hypertension. Finally, arterial stiffness may also be related to blood pressure variability and the pressor response. Therefore the specific aims of this study are:
- To examine the relationship between 24-hour ambulatory BPV and baroreflex sensitivity. By measuring the baroreflex control of heart rate during sequential boluses of nitroprusside and phenylephrine, we hypothesize that baroreflex sensitivity will be inversely related to the degree of 24-hour BPV.
- To examine the relationship between 24-hour ambulatory BPV and the pressor response to four sympathoexcitatory maneuvers: head-up tilt testing, mental stress, cold pressor test, and isometric handgrip to fatigue. We hypothesize that greater BPV will predict the pressor response to stress.
- To examine the relationship between baroreflex sensitivity and the pressor response/forearm vasodilator response to the three sympathoexcitatory maneuvers. We hypothesize that individuals with higher baroreflex sensitivity will have a lower pressor response and a lower forearm vasodilator response to sympathoexcitatory stress.
- To draw a venous blood sample for future screening of genetic polymorphisms of interest, which may include nitric oxide synthase (NOS), alpha-adrenergic and beta-adrenergic receptor polymorphisms. We hypothesize that genetic variation in these key regulatory systems might explain some of the differences in baroreflex sensitivity, BPV, the pressor response and forearm vasodilator response to sympathoexcitation.
- To examine the relationship between 24-hour ambulatory BPV and the pressor response to sympathoexcitatory maneuvers and insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and body fat distribution. We hypothesize that greater BPV will be associated with insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and increase waist-hip ratio.
- To examine the relationship between 24-hour ambulatory BPV and arterial stiffness using measurements of pulse wave velocity. We hypothesize that greater BPV will be associated with increased pulse wave velocity, an index of arterial stiffness.
- To examine the relationship between 24-hour ambulatory BPV and the pressor response to sympathoexcitatory maneuvers with birth weight and post-conceptual age at birth. We will ask each subject to provide this data based on their birth certificate and/or knowledge of their medical history.
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Actual Enrollment :||300 participants|
|Official Title:||Blood Pressure Variability, Baroreflex Sensitivity, and Cardiovascular Responses to Sympathoexcitation in Healthy Normotensive Humans|
|Study Start Date :||April 2006|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||February 2013|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||February 2013|
All subject participants
Other: Physiological maneuvers
These healthy subjects undergo physiological testing, which includes aortic augmentation index, pulse wave velocity, orthostatic stress, baroreflex sensitivity (modified Oxford protocol), mental stress, cold pressor test, isometric handgrip, heart rate variability, 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.
- Blood Pressure Response to Sympathoexcitation [ Time Frame: On day of study ]
- Baroreflex Sensitivity [ Time Frame: On day of study ]
Biospecimen Retention: Samples With DNA
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00943774
|United States, Minnesota|
|Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905|