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Madison, Wisconsin 53792

  • Heart Failure, Congestive


1. Research question: What is the response of the heart's pumping function to changes in heart chamber pressures? 2. Experimental design: Patients undergoing routine cardiac catheterization will be studied. A thermodilution pulmonary artery catheter will be inserted through a venous sheath and threaded into the pulmonary artery. After several minutes of quiet rest, baseline hemodynamics will be obtained, including a determination of cardiac output using thermodilution techniques and 30 seconds of pressure recordings from the left ventricle and proximal aorta. In addition, a brief echocardiogram will be performed, to determine ejection fraction and indices of diastolic filling. Finally, arterial tonometry will be obtained in quick succession from the brachial, radial, femoral, and carotid arteries. Following the collection of baseline data, a bolus and infusion of nesiritide will be started. After 10 minutes of nesiritide infusion, with the drug still infusing, a full set of invasive hemodynamics will again be obtained, as well as brief echocardiographic and arterial tonometry examinations.


Inclusion Criteria: - Cardiac catheterization Exclusion Criteria: - Unstable coronary syndrome, - Critical coronary stenoses (>90%), - Severe peripheral vascular disease, - Symptomatic hypotension at completion of routine diagnostic cath, - Significant valvular disease, resting heart rate >120 beats/min, - Ejection fraction <45%, - Presence of contraindications to nesiritide administration, - Any evidence of clinical instability.



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Principal Investigator
Nancy K Sweitzer, MD PhD
University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Madison, Wisconsin 53792
United States

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Date Processed: March 30, 2020

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