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Madison, Wisconsin 53792


This study will compare the ability of the heart to increase its contractile performance during stress in patients with a history of heart failure without systolic dysfunction and in controls.

Study summary:

There will be two groups of 20 subjects recruited in a collaborative effort by UWHC and University of Pennsylvania. This project will require one visit approximately 3-5 hours in length. The subject will fill out a symptom questionnaire. A small gauge angiocath will be place to establish intravenous access. Single-lead ECG and blood pressure are monitored for the duration of the protocol. Tonometry (non-invasive measurement of the pulse) and echocardiographic images will be obtained at baseline. After baseline data are obtained, dobutamine will be infused at escalating doses of 2, 4, 8, and 16 µg/kg/min IV at ≤30-minute intervals. After 5 minutes of infusion at each dose, echocardiographic and tonometry data will be recorded. If 85% or more of predicted target heart rate is reached, the final study data collection and safety imaging will be performed and the dose not increased further.


Inclusion Criteria: - mentally stable and willing to give informed consent - sinus rhythm on resting ECG - systolic blood pressure > 90 mmHg - ejection fraction > 45% assessed within the last year - stable heart failure for at least one month prior to study Exclusion Criteria: - unstable angina or hemodynamic instability - known severe coronary artery disease without surgical or percutaneous revascularization - angina pectoris with usual activities - history of myocardial infarction in the previous six months, significant valvular abnormalities, pulmonary hypertension, COPD or pulmonary emboli, intracardiac thrombus, sustained ventricular tachycardia induced by dobutamine in the past, or known allergy or other intolerance to dobutamine - uncontrolled hypertension - pregnant women - permanent pacemaker with pacemaker dependency - known poor echocardiographic images



Primary Contact:

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

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Location Contact:

Madison, Wisconsin 53792
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: February 04, 2019

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