A Prospective Study to Determine the Association of Quantitated Blood and Plasma (Intravascular) Volume to Right Heart Hemodynamics, Venous Capacitance, and Regulatory Neurohormones in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure of Reduced and Preserved Ejection Fraction


Rochester, Minn.

Trial status:

Open for Enrollment

Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this study is to learn more about how the heart, blood vessels and blood volume interact in patients with heart failure and how measuring blood volume and vein capacity may help us develop better ways of treating and managing heart failure patients. This study will use two tests to measure blood volume and test the capacity of your veins and arteries in your limbs. The blood volume test (also called a plasma volume test or a red cell mass test) is a standard clinical nuclear lab procedure used to measure the volume (amount) of blood in the body. The test also measures the volume of plasma and of red cells in the blood. The other test is called a venous plethysmography, which is a non-invasive test to measure how well your veins and arteries in your forearm and calf work. Venous plethysmography measures the changes in the dimensions of your limbs by the use of strain gauges placed on the skin.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - age >18 years - patients identified with heart failure and diagnosed clinically to require right heart hemodynamic evaluation, New York Heart Association functional Class II-IV status/Stage C-D heart failure - ischemic or nonischemic etiology heart failure - left ventricular ejection fraction measured within 6 months of study enrollment Exclusion Criteria: - known significant intrinsic chronic kidney disease (baseline Glomerular Filtration Rate <15 ml/min/1.73m²) or patients receiving hemodialysis - known renal artery stenotic disease - females who are pregnant - allergy to iodine contrast, intravenous pyelogram dye, shellfish or eggs.

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