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New York, New York 10032


The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between depressive symptoms and markers of inflammation, two predictors of heart disease.

Study summary:

Depressive symptoms and inflammatory markers have both been proposed as measures that indicate/precede coronary artery disease (CAD). However, no controlled research study has tested the impact of these two candidate CAD risk factors within the same design to see the directionality of their influence. This study will explore if simvastatin reduces depressive symptoms and if sertraline reduces C-Reactive protein (CRP). Additionally, the recruitment process will help determine the feasibility of a larger trial, powered for significance testing. Three hundred and seventy-five participants will be consented and screened for this study. We expect forty-two otherwise healthy outpatients to have both elevated symptoms and high CRP levels, and be willing to be randomly assigned to sertraline, an antidepressant, simvastatin, a drug with anti-inflammatory properties, or a placebo for 8 weeks. Depressive symptoms and inflammatory indicators will be assessed before treatment (screening and baseline), mid-treatment (after 4 weeks), post-treatment (after 8 weeks), and a follow-up visit (after 12 weeks), using blood tests and depression interviews. We expect that both inflammation and depressive symptoms may be reduced by both medications, but the number of subjects needed to test this hypothesis is not yet known. Hence, this pilot study will be conducted. Knowledge about the inter-dependency of these two CAD risk factors allows the most promising future observational/intervention studies to be designed and conducted.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Age 18 - 60 2. Mild depression 3. Inflammatory markers: CRP > 2 Exclusion Criteria: 1. Non-English or Non-Spanish speakers 2. Active suicidal or homicidal ideation 3. Current alcohol or other substance abuse 4. Psychotic features 5. Current personality disorder 6. History of bipolar depressive disorder 7. Any current psychotic disorder 8. Current major depressive disorder 9. Current depression treatment or treatment within preceding 6 weeks 10. History of chronic liver and/or renal disease 11. Current use or contraindication to any of the tested medications 12. Absence of a response to a previous adequate trial of any of the tested medications 13. Pregnant or lactating women 14. History of coronary artery disease 15. Current use of statins 16. Current, regular aspirin use 17. Antibiotic use within the previous four weeks 18. History of diabetes 19. Inflammatory diseases 20. Meets NCEP guidelines for cholesterol lowering therapy



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Karina W Davidson, PhD
Columbia University: Behavioral Cardiovascular Health and Hypertension Program

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Location Contact:

New York, New York 10032
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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