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  • Myocardial Ischemia


Blood flows to areas of the heart providing oxygen and fuel to the pumping muscle. Occasionally the arteries providing the fuel can become blocked. This occurs in coronary artery disease. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to evaluate the blood flow to different areas of the heart muscle. In this study magnetic resonance imaging will be compared to other diagnostic tests (radionucleotide perfusion studies) capable of measuring blood flow to heart muscle.

Study summary:

In this pilot study, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of myocardial enhancement during first passage of intravenously injected gadolinium contrast will be used to evaluate regional myocardial perfusion in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The MRI results will be compared with conventional radionuclide perfusion studies (ex. dipyridamole thallium). A clinically defined normal group will also be studied without radionuclide correlation.


INCLUSION CRITERIA: Ages 18 to 80. Either sex. Capable of giving informed consent. Group 1: Outpatients with known or suspected coronary artery disease with clinical indication for radionuclide perfusion imaging. Group 2: Patients with non-obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with clinical indication for radionuclide perfusion imaging. Group 3: Normal volunteers. Positive stress thallium or stress sestamibi (i.e., exercise, adenosine, dobutamine or dypiridamole) at the NIH. EXCLUSION CRITERIA: Pregnancy. Unstable angina. Uncontrolled hypertension (SBP greater than 185, DBP greater than 105). Recent myocardial infarction (less than 5 days). 2nd or 3rd degree heart block by ECG. Asthma, emphysema, renal failure, acute medical illness (fever, pneumonia, etc.) or anemia (hct less than 30). Cardiac pacemaker or implantable defibrillator, aneurysm clip, neural stimulator, any type of ear implant, metal in your eye, any implanted device (i.e. insulin pump, drug infusion device) or any metallic foreign body, shrapnel, or bullet.

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Brief Title:

Study of Blood Flow in Heart Muscle

Official Title:

Study of Myocardial Perfusion by MRI

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Phase 2



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Quick Facts

Healthy Volunteers
Oversight Has DMC
Study Is FDA Regulated
Study Is Section 801
Has Expanded Access

Study Source:

National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Oversight Authority:

United States: Federal Government

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Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, P

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Study Dates

Start Date:August 1997
Completion Date:January 2003
Verification Date:January 2003
Last Changed Date:March 3, 2008
First Received Date:November 3, 1999

Study Outcomes

There are no available Study Outcomes

Study Interventions

Intervention Type:Procedure
Name:Magnetic resonance imaging

Study Arms

There are no available Study Arms

Study Agencies

Agency Class:NIH
Agency Type:Lead Sponsor
Agency Name:National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Sample and Retention Information

There are no available Sample and Retention Information

Study References

Reference Type:Reference
Citation:Wilke N, Simm C, Zhang J, Ellermann J, Ya X, Merkle H, Path G, Ludemann H, Bache RJ, Ugurbil K. Contrast-enhanced first pass myocardial perfusion imaging: correlation between myocardial blood flow in dogs at rest and during hyperemia. Magn Reson Med. 1993 Apr;29(4):485-97.
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Citation:Matheijssen NA, Louwerenburg HW, van Rugge FP, Arens RP, Kauer B, de Roos A, van der Wall EE. Comparison of ultrafast dipyridamole magnetic resonance imaging with dipyridamole SestaMIBI SPECT for detection of perfusion abnormalities in patients with one-vessel coronary artery disease: assessment by quantitative model fitting. Magn Reson Med. 1996 Feb;35(2):221-8.
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Citation:Zaman M, Hashmi R, Niaz K, Ahmad A, Kamal S. Safety of pharmacological (intravenous dipyridamole) stress for Thallium-201 perfusion imaging in patients with coronary artery disease unable to exercise. J Pak Med Assoc. 1994 Oct;44(10):237-9.

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