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Loma Linda, California 92357


Purpose:

The objective of this study is to determine if single dose administration of inhaled iloprost will reduce pulmonary artery pressure, reduce hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction and improve arterial oxygenation at rest and during exercise at high altitude.


Study summary:

Three major pathways in addition to oxygen modulate pulmonary vascular tone: 1) nitric oxide, 2) endothelin, and 3) prostacyclin. Considerable animal data support the role of the prostacyclin pathway in modulating hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction. In humans, prostacyclin and its analogs are important therapeutic agents in the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Despite the animal data and human data in PAH there is very little information about the use of iloprost to relieve hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction in healthy humans. Inhaled iloprost is an ideal agent to study the prostacyclin pathway due to its short duration of action (30-90 min) and elimination half-life of only 20-30 min. Individuals already participating in the Nepal Medex 2008 trip will be invited to participate in this research. Participants will be healthy active females or males, between 18-80 years of age, without known pregnancy or liver disease, who have a readily measurable tricuspid regurgitant velocity by Doppler echocardiography. If possible, we will attempt to identify a cohort of HAPE susceptible patients. Participants will undergo evaluation both at sea level (baseline) and at high altitude. Baseline (low altitude) testing will be performed in Bangor, North Wales, UK, and will include evaluation of pulmonary artery systolic pressures, cardiac output, and oxygen saturation at rest and during submaximal exercise before and after inhalation of iloprost. This strategy will then be repeated at an altitude of approximately 5000 meters in the Dhaulagiri region of Nepal.


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Age: 18 - 80 years 2. Healthy physically active males or females 3. Have readily measurable tricuspid regurgitation (TR) peak systolic velocity by continuous wave Doppler ultrasound Exclusion Criteria: 1. Unable to measure TR velocity 2. Known liver disease 3. Pregnancy 4. Nitrates, cyclosporin, glyburide or other medications that in the opinion of the investigators could place subjects at increased risk of complications 5. Any other medical condition that in the opinion of the investigators would place the subject at high risk


NCT ID:

NCT00708565


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
James D Anholm, MD
Jerry L. Pettis VA Mecial Center


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

Loma Linda, California 92357
United States

James D Anholm, MD
Phone: 909-583-6098
Email: James.Anholm@va.gov

Site Status: Recruiting


Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 18, 2018

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