Acute Haemodynamic Effects of Treatment With Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE)-Inhibitors in Patients With Symptomatic Aortic Stenosis

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    Rigshospitalet, Denmark
Updated on 7 November 2020
Morten Dalsgaard, MD
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Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital (2.2 mi away) Contact
angina pectoris
symptomatic aortic stenosis


Abundant evidence suggests that Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibition potentially could reduce the hazardous effects of aortic stenosis and improve haemodynamics. The treatment seems safe even in patients with severe stenosis. There are however no randomised clinical trials that can confirm this hypothesis.


Traditionally vasodilators are contraindicated in patients with aortic stenosis. Although no controlled data exists it is believed to be hazardous to reduce afterload, including treatment with angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, in these patients with aortic stenosis due to the risk of increased transaortic gradient and thus severe hypotension and myocardial hypoperfusion. There is now growing evidence both experimental and clinical that ACE inhibition could have beneficial effects on left ventricular hypertrophy, diastolic function, acute, and possibly chronic haemodynamic parameters in patients with aortic stenosis. There is, however, a lack of clinical randomized trials that could confirm these findings. Aims Prospective double blinded randomised study investigating the safety and effects of treatment with ACE-inhibitor in patients with severe aortic stenosis. Effects will be measured on : - Invasive measured haemodynamic parameters (Swann-Ganz) - Working capacity - Diastolic and systolic function (measured with tissue Doppler echocardiography) - Blood pressure - B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) Patients 32 patients with symptomatic aorta stenosis recruited from Rigshospitalet department of cardiology. Patients referred for evaluation prior to surgical intervention with insertion of a valvular prosthesis will be screened. Additional 32 patients with asymptomatic aorta stenosis will be recruited from Rigshospitalet and other cardiology departments. Methods Recruitment Patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis scheduled for aortic valve replacement at The Heart Centre at Rigshospitalets department of cardiology will be recruited. Patients with severe asymptomatic aortic stenosis on Rigshospitalet will be recruited. If it is necessary, patients from other hospitals will be recruited. Randomisation After baseline screening, patients will be randomized to active treatment or placebo. Half of the patients will have ACE-inhibitors (Captopril-test dose after this Trandolapril) the other half placebo. Administration of medicine ACE-inhibitor/placebo administration will be double blinded and performed by a hospital pharmacist not involved in any other part of the project. All patients will be hospitalised in the intensive care unit for the first 3 days to evaluate the acute haemodynamic changes when they start the treatment. If the patients have no symptoms after the 3 days they will discharge for further treatment for up to 8 weeks. Visits are planned after 2 and 8 weeks.

Condition Aortic Stenosis
Treatment Captopril and Trandolapril, Captopril Test Dose and Trandolapril
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT00252317
SponsorRigshospitalet, Denmark
Last Modified on7 November 2020


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