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Sacramento, California 95817


Purpose:

This is a trial to examine the effects of meditation on the incidence of ventricular arrhythmias and the psychological profiles in patients with implanted cardiac defibrillators. We wish to test the following hypotheses: 1. Vipassana meditation reduces the incidence of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias in patients with congestive heart failure. 2. Vipassana meditation improves the psychological profile in patients with CHF. In this study, subjects meeting the inclusion and exclusion criteria will be recruited into the study after obtaining informed consent. The subjects will then be randomized into either an experimental group ( Meditation) or into a control group (usual care).


Study summary:

This is a single center, investigator-initiated, randomized, controlled trial to examine the effects of meditation on the incidence of ventricular arrhythmias and the psychological profiles in patients with implanted cardiac defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization devices. The former are used to protect patients against cardiac fibrillation and the latter for synchronizing the contractions of the two ventricles.


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: - Men and women aged 18 to 85 - All patients with NYHA class II to III congestive heart failure symptoms from ischemic and non-ischemic etiology who received a defibrillator at least 3 months prior to enrollment. - All patients with NYHA class III and IV symptoms, QRS complex of the ECG more than 120 ms, who received device for cardiac resynchronization at least 3 months prior to enrollment. These devices are placed when the two ventricles beat at slightly different times. These devices also have the capacity to record arrhythmias as the defibrillators. Exclusion Criteria: - Patients with life expectancy less than 6 months from non-cardiac causes - Pregnant women - Smokers - History of major psychosis. - Significant chronic liver, renal and pulmonary disease - Active alcohol and drug abuse


NCT ID:

NCT00611260


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Uma Srivatsa, MD
University of California, Davis


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Sacramento, California 95817
United States



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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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