This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions cardiac ischemia, chest pain, shortness of breath
Treatment 12-lead holter monitor application
Sponsor University of Pittsburgh
Start date January 2014
End date December 2016
Trial size 50 participants
Trial identifier NCT02055443, PRO13070234


The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether new novel markers from the clinical electrocardiogram (EKG), which have been used as non-invasive measures of heart disease, can detect coronary artery disease in patients with chest pain. The researchers are especially interested in studying how changes in these unique waves evolve over time with rest and activity. It is hoped that the findings will be helpful in differentiating patients with cardiac chest pain at emergency departments from those with non-cardiac chest pain, as early identification can accelerate treatment and save lives.

Eligible participants are those age 18 and older who have been referred for a nuclear stress test at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital to rule out coronary artery disease as part of their clinical care.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Observational model case-only
Time perspective prospective
12-lead holter monitor application
12-lead holter monitor application H12+ holter ECG machine (Mortara Instruments, Milwaukee, WI)
-- The study coordinator will then obtain a 5-minute baseline high resolution (1000 samples/second), 12-lead resting ECG stream using H12+ holter ECG machine (Mortara Instruments, Milwaukee, WI). This ECG will be performed before the subject completed their clinical stress test. The patient will then complete the scheduled nuclear stress test that involves exercise treadmill testing followed by single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) scan as per hospital protocols. The exercise treadmill test and SPECT nuclear imaging scan are clinical in nature, and therefore, separate from the research study. After completing the scheduled exam, the study coordinator will obtain another 5-minute 12-lead ECG stream prior to removing the chest electrodes but before their nuclear scan.

Primary Outcomes

Myocardial ischemia
time frame: 1-2 days per hospital SPECT protocol

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - adults > 18 years of age - referred for nuclear cardiac stress testing for suspected coronary artery disease. There will be no restrictions to sex or race. Children and teens are less likely to have ischemic etiology of chest pain, justifying their exclusion. To optimize the clinical utility, there will be no exclusion criteria based on previous medical history, medications, or presenting chief complaint; all consecutive patients will be eligible. Exclusion Criteria: - Patients with un-interpretable ECGs or their ECG shows known secondary repolarization abnormalities (i.e. bundle branch blocks, ventricular hypertrophy, channelopathies, early repolarization) will be excluded. Of note, as per clinical guidelines, these patients do not get usually referred for exercise treadmill testing. This will improve the recruitment process of this study.

Additional Information

Official title Myocardial Ischemia Detection for Early Identification of Patients With Ischemic Chest Pain
Principal investigator Salah Shafiq Al-Zaiti, PhD
Description Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) is the leading cause of death worldwide. Differentiating ACS from other non-ischemic chest pain is imperative in emergency medicine and missed myocardial infarction remains one of the highest sources of medical malpractice in Emergency Departments (ED). At the same time, economic pressures and limited resources demand that physicians avoid hospital admission or protracted observation for every patient with chest pain or suspicious symptoms. In the absence of clear ST elevation (STE) on the electrocardiogram (ECG), ED providers have no reliable tools to quickly triage non-STE (NSTE) ACS patients. Current guidelines rely on blood biomarkers (e.g. cardiac enzymes) to identify this syndrome and do not completely describe ischemic ECG changes associated with it. ED Providers will need to delay the management of these high risk patients until cardiac biomarkers are withdrawn, analyzed, and interpreted. This results in greater mortality rates in NSTE-ACS patients and overburdens the healthcare system. The prolonged observation times at EDs and unnecessary admissions are just additional consequences that overuse nursing times and exacerbate nursing shortage. ECG changes other than ST elevation and dynamic ECG changes are a rich opportunity for improving diagnostics. This proposal intends to provide new insights into how ischemic repolarization changes evolve over time in the subacute phase of myocardial ischemia. Sixty patients with suspected coronary artery disease referred for nuclear cardiac stress testing will be included. Resting 12-lead ECGs will be obtained before the stress test and one after the stress test but before the nuclear scan. Alterations in novel, computerized T wave indices will be correlated with focal myocardial ischemia seen on nuclear scans. Repeated Measures ANOVA with between group comparisons, and Generalized Estimation Equation will be used in the analysis. The results will provide insight on the diagnostic value of different novel T wave indices to detect myocardial ischemia. Results from this study will provide tools for ED providers to distinguish ACS from non-ischemic chest pain patients early in the triage process, especially in the absence of STE that constitutes the common standard nowadays.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in May 2016.
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