This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions acute coronary syndrome, chest pain
Treatment serial electrocardiograms
Sponsor Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Collaborator American Heart Association
Start date January 2013
End date May 2015
Trial size 382 participants
Trial identifier NCT01953276, IRB00022288


Our research will examine whether the presence or absence of serial electrocardiogram (ECG) changes aids in reclassifying participants' risk for major adverse cardiac events (MACE) over and above serial blood testing.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model cohort
Time perspective prospective
All study participants will receive serial electrocardiograms.
serial electrocardiograms
All participants will have serial electrocardiograms performed.

Primary Outcomes

Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events at 30 days
time frame: 30 Days
Evidence of acute myocardial ischemia via objective cardiac testing performed during the index hospitalization
time frame: Duration of initial hospitalization, usually 1 to 2 days
Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events at 30 days
time frame: 30 Days

Eligibility Criteria

All participants at least 21 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Age greater than or equal to 21 years of age at the time of enrollment - Chest discomfort or other symptoms consistent with possible ACS as indicated by the treating physician after obtaining an ECG and cardiac biomarkers for the patient's evaluation - The treating physician feels the patient could be discharged home if cardiac disease was excluded Exclusion Criteria: - Evidence of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) or left bundle branch block (LBBB) on initial ECG - Left ventricular systolic dysfunction (history of left ventricular ejection fraction <40% or active symptoms of congestive heart failure) - New or uncontrolled ventricular arrhythmias on initial ECG - Hemodynamic instability: heart rate > 120 bpm or < 40 bpm and/or systolic blood pressure <100 mmHg - Hypoxemia (oxygen saturation <90% on room air or normal home oxygen flow rate) - Terminal diagnosis with life expectancy less than 1 year - A non-cardiac medical, surgical, or psychiatric illness determined by the provider to require admission, increase risk of objective cardiac testing, or prevent immediate discharge following negative testing. - Prior enrollment - Incapacity or unwillingness to provide consent and comply with study procedures

Additional Information

Official title Are Serial Electrocardiograms Additive to SeriAl Second-generations Troponins in Predicting Acute CoronAry Syndromes in PatienTs With Undifferentiated cHest Pain (ASAP CATH) Study
Principal investigator Robert F Riley, MD
Description Chest pain is one of the most common symptoms evaluated in the Emergency Department (ED). One of the primary diagnostic concerns during the evaluation of this presentation is whether there is evidence of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) as ACS is a major risk factor for short- and long-term major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE, defined as acute myocardial infarction, revascularization, or all-cause death). Two of the cornerstones of the guidelines-based evaluation of this patient group are serial electrocardiograms (ECG) and troponin measurements (a serological marker of myocardial ischemia), which have shown to be both independently and incrementally predictive of ACS. Recently, second-generation troponin assays have been adopted into clinical practice as they have higher sensitivity and specificity for ACS compared to older assays. Given the increased diagnostic accuracy of these novel second-generation assays, the proposed study's research question is to investigate whether serial ECG changes significantly increase the diagnostic accuracy of serial second-generation troponin changes in predicting MACE in patients presenting with symptoms consistent with ACS. In order to investigate this question, we originally proposed an observational pilot study ancillary to the HEART Pathway trial (WFUHS IRB00021074), a funded randomized controlled trial investigating a recently developed decision aid tool (the HEART score) designed to identify patients being evaluated for chest pain that can safely forgo further objective testing. We proposed to add the collection of two additional 12-lead ECGs to the protocol in the HEART Pathway trial, which included serial second-generation troponin collection, in order to generate pilot data regarding the research question. As recruitment for the HEART Pathway trial ended in February 2014, we now propose to continue enrollment for the ASAP CATH study independently, as a prospective observational study evaluating the additional prognostic value of serial ECGs to standard care in patients with chest pain being evaluated for acute coronary syndromes in the Emergency Department. Objective: The goal of this project is to produce preliminary data to investigate whether the presence or absence of serial ECG changes suggestive of myocardial ischemia aids in reclassifying participants' risk for MACE and objective evidence of ACS over and above serial second-generation troponin testing. Methods: Adult patients, over 21 years old, presenting to WFBMC ED with chest pain or symptoms concerning for ACS, in which the provider orders cardiac biomarkers and an ECG will be eligible for enrollment. We aim to add serial ECG analysis (one at the time of study enrollment and a second at the time of the study blood draw) to the protocol in the proposed study. The primary outcomes are major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) at 30 days and evidence of acute myocardial ischemia via objective cardiac testing performed during the index hospitalization.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2017.
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