Last updated on February 2018

Prospective Observational Cohort Study of Fetal Atrial Flutter & Supraventricular Tachycardia


Brief description of study

The FAST Trial Registry is a prospective observational cohort study of fetuses with a new diagnosis of atrial flutter (AF) or supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) that is severe enough to consider prenatal treatment (see eligibility criteria below). Aims of the Registry include to establish a large clinical database to determine and compare the efficacy and safety of different prenatal treatment strategies including observation without immediate treatment, transplacental antiarrhythmic fetal treatment and direct fetal treatment from the time of tachycardia diagnosis to death, neonatal hospital discharge or to a maximum of 30 days after birth.

Detailed Study Description

Few studies are specifically designed to address health concerns relevant during pregnancy. The consequence is a lack of evidence on best clinical practice. This includes mothers and their babies when pregnancy is complicated by an abnormally fast heart rate up to 300 beats per minute due to supraventricular tachyarrhythmia (SVA) in the unborn baby (fetus). Although fetal SVA, including AF and other forms of SVT, is the most common cause of intended in-utero fetal therapy, our knowledge of drug effects on the baby and the co-treated mother is still limited. The Fetal Atrial Flutter and Supraventricular Tachycardia (FAST) Therapy Trial is a prospective multi-center trial to address this knowledge gap in order to guide future patient management to the best of care.

FAST Trial components include:

  1. A prospective Registry (FAST Registry; see this document) as well as
  2. Three prospective Randomized Clinical Trials (FAST RCTs; see ClinicalTrials.gov #NCT02624765).

The FAST Registry is a prospective observational cohort study to determine the impact of different prenatal treatment strategies on patients diagnosed with fetal AF without hydrops, AF with hydrops, SVT without hydrops, and SVT with hydrops. All management decisions including the choice of antiarrhythmic medication or the decision to observe without treatment are at the discretion of the treating physician. The primary outcome measure will be the proportion of term deliveries of live-born children with a normal cardiac rhythm. Secondary outcome measures include the efficacy of 1st line, 2nd line, 3rd line, and maintenance drug therapy in controlling the different arrhythmias prior to birth and patient safety.

Participation of a site in the FAST Registry requires experience with the perinatal management of fetal AF and SVT, local REB/IRB approval and an executed legal contract with the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

Participation of a patient in the FAST Registry requires that all inclusion and none of the exclusion criteria are fulfilled (see below). Enrollment is possible within 2 days of the arrhythmia diagnosis and the initial management decision.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03376438

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Edgar Jaeggi, MD

The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, ON Canada
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