Los Angeles, California 90048


This study will quantify changes in coronary plaque volumes and plaque composition in patients treated with evolocumab. Previous intravascular ultrasound studies have shown that treatment with a lipid-lowering PCSK9 enzyme inhibitor, such as evolocumab, to be associated with a reduction of the fatty deposits that cause plaque in the arteries, however, it is not known how evolocumab affects specific coronary plaque types and plaque inflammation. Investigators will use quantitative assessment of non-invasive coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and positron emission tomography (PET)imaging to evaluate functional changes in plaque burden, plaque composition and vascular inflammation before and after treatment with evolocumab. Investigators propose to show that patients treated with evolocumab in combination with statins demonstrate a greater reduction of coronary non-calcified plaque volume, thereby reducing the number of future cardiac events.

Study summary:

To evaluate the effect of evolocumab, patients who are taking Evolocumab plus another cholesterol-lowering medication (e.g statins), will undergo diagnostic testing including non-invasive coronary CT angiographic (CCTA) scans and positron emission tomography (PET) scans. The CCTA and PET scans will be done before and after being treated with evolocumab. At the initial visit, standard imaging eligibility screening will take place, as well as blood sampling to test cholesterol levels and presence of proteins (biomarkers) associated with heart disease. A CCTA will be done (if not done for clinical purposes within the past 60 days) and a PET scan with administration of 18F-NaF injection will take place. Patients will receive the first injection of evolocumab and will be taught how to self-inject once a month for 18 months. After the initial visit, patients will self-inject evolocumab at approximately 6, 12 and 18 months in front of a medical professional for site monitoring and re-training. Labs will be drawn to assess blood components related to heart disease. Follow-up phone calls will be made at approximately 3, 9 and 15 months to monitor safety and drug adherence. A final visit (18 months after the initial visit), will involve another PET scan, CCTA and blood collection for biomarker testing.


Inclusion Criteria: - Evidence by CCTA of noncalcified coronary artery plaque (>440 mm3) and thoracic aorta atherosclerosis - On-label indications for evolocumab treatment which includes the following criteria: Those who have established cardiovascular disease defined as acute coronary syndrome, history of myocardial infarction, stable angina or unstable angina, coronary or other arterial revascularization, stroke, transient ischemic attack, or peripheral arterial disease presumed to be of atherosclerotic origin. Exclusion Criteria: - Creatinine > 1.5 mg/dL prior to imaging - History of allergy to iodine contrast agents - Allergy to evolocumab or any other ingredients contained in study drug - Pregnancy - Women who are breastfeeding - Active atrial fibrillation - History of coronary artery bypass graft - Inability to lie flat - Inability or unwilling to give informed consent - Major illness or life expectancy <1 year - Planned coronary revascularization or major non-cardiac surgery in the next 12 months - Previously or currently on evolocumab



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Daniel S. Berman, MD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Daniel S. Berman, MD
Phone: 310 423-4223
Email: Daniel.Berman@cshs.org

Backup Contact:

Email: Baljai.Tamarappoo@cshs.org
Balaji Tamarappoo, MD
Phone: 310 423-7045

Location Contact:

Los Angeles, California 90048
United States

Rhona Littman
Phone: 310-423-4387
Email: Rhona.Littman@cshs.org

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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