This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition acute coronary syndrome
Sponsor University of Erlangen-Nürnberg Medical School
Collaborator Klinikum Nürnberg
Start date January 2011
End date July 2013
Trial size 250 participants
Trial identifier NCT01370395, BOSCH1


Elderly patients are often admitted to hospital because of chest pain that is atypical for angina pectoris. In case of inconclusive electrocardiograms, determination of troponin is important for the diagnosis of an acute coronary syndrome. A highly sensitive assay for troponin T has recently been developed, permitting measurements of concentrations that are lower by a factor 10 than those measureable with conventional assays. In patients with stable coronary artery disease these concentrations were significantly associated with the incidence of cardiovascular death and heart failure but not with myocardial infarction. Copeptin, a novel biomarker of endogenous stress, may improve the diagnostic performance of troponin for an acute coronary syndrome in elderly patients. Other biomarkers such as MR-pro-adrenomedullin and endothelin-1 could improve both the diagnostic and prognostic assessment of the physician in these patients.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model cohort
Time perspective prospective
According to the result of the echocardiographic exam, the patients will be divided into subgroups with (LV-EF>=55%) and without preserved ejection fraction (LV-EF<55%).

Primary Outcomes

cardiovascular death
time frame: 24 months

Secondary Outcomes

fatal and nonfatal acute myocardial infarction
time frame: 24 months
fatal and nonfatal heart failure
time frame: 24 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 70 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Age 70 or older - Signed informed consent Exclusion Criteria: - Hospitalization for unstable angina pectoris within the last 2 month - ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction - Heart valve defects with need for surgical intervention - Coronary bypass surgery or percutaneous transluminal angioplasty within the last 3 months - Planned elective coronary revascularization - Serum creatinine> 2.0 mg / dl (177 µmol / liter) - Serum potassium> 5.5 mmol / l - Limited survival probability within the next 3 months

Additional Information

Official title Assessment of Biomarkers for Diagnosis in Geriatric Patients With the Symptom of Chest Pain in the Emergency Room
Principal investigator Philipp Bahrmann, MD
Description All patients admitted to the clinic of acute geriatric medicine during the first 6 months will be enrolled in the study. Included patients will be prospectively studied for cardiovascular events for a period of 24 months. At admission, patient history, physical examination, prior medications, vital signs including heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and all comorbidities will be recorded by a physician. Blood samples will be collected at the time of presentation. Determination of regular laboratory values together with very low circulating troponin T, copeptin, MR-pro-adrenomedullin, ANP and endothelin-1 levels will be measured. An electrocardiogram will be taken in all patients at admission. An echocardiography measuring the function of the heart valves, left ventricular diameters, ejection fraction (LV-EF), and diastolic function will be performed in all patients by a cardiologist in order to differentiate other mechanisms for the release of troponin. According to the result of the echocardiographic exam, the patients will be divided into subgroups with (LV-EF>=55%) and without preserved ejection fraction (LV-EF<55%). Objectives: 1. To investigate the incidence of acute coronary syndromes in geriatric patients by measurement of very low circulating troponin T and copeptin levels. 2. To determine cardiovascular events, including cardiovascular death, fatal and nonfatal heart failure, and fatal and nonfatal acute myocardial infarction, of these patients during 24 months. 3. To analyze the relationship between very low circulating troponin T and cardiovascular events in these patients. 4. To analyze risk factors in geriatric patients with elevated troponin T for cardiovascular events. 5. To analyze whether the combined measurement of troponin T and copeptin or other markers improves the sensitivity for identification of acute coronary syndromes in geriatric patients.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in September 2012.
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