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Effects of Nebivolol on Skeletal Muscle During Exercise in Hypertensive Patients

Information source: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Hypertension

Intervention: Metoprolol succinate (Drug); Nebivolol (Drug); Hydrochlorothiazide (Drug); DEFINITY® (Drug); Non-invasive measurement of Cardiac Output (CO) (Procedure); Flow mediated vasodilation (Procedure); Endothelial cell collection (Procedure); Microvascular perfusion assessment using Definity (Procedure)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Wanpen Vongpatanasin, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: UT Southwestern Medical Center

Overall contact:
Debbie Arbique, MS, FNP-C, Phone: (214) 648-3188, Email: Debbie.Arbique@UTSouthwestern.edu


The purpose of this study is to determine if Nebivolol improves microvascular perfusion in skeletal muscle during exercise in hypertensive patients and whether this improvement is accompanied by reduction in vascular oxidative stress or increased endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) expression in humans.

Clinical Details

Official title: Effects of Nebivolol on Microvascular Perfusion in the Skeletal Muscles During Exercise in Hypertensive Patients

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Diagnostic

Primary outcome:

Endothelial cell protein expression

Endothelial cell protein expression

Microvascular blood flow

Microvascular blood flow

Secondary outcome:

Flow mediated dilation (FMD)

Flow mediated dilation (FMD)

Detailed description: In 32 untreated stage 1 hypertensive subjects, the investigators will measure blood pressure; noninvasive cardiac output by thoracic electrical bioimpedance (Bioz, Cardio Dynamics); forearm mediated vasodilation (FMD), which is a non-invasive assessment of endothelial function; collect venous endothelial cells; and measure microvascular perfusion using an Octafluoropropane microbubble contrast agent (Definity). To obtain FMD, the brachial artery will be imaged using ultrasound. After a clear picture has been obtained, the cuff on the same arm will be inflated until it is tight for five minutes. During and following this, the subject's arm will continue to be imaged to monitor maximal increase in the brachial artery diameter. To collect endothelial cells, a thin wire will be inserted in the vein to collect cells from the inner lining of the vein. The cells collected will be processed and stained for several proteins involved in endothelial cell function, using immunofluorescent technique. To assess the microvascular perfusion in the skeletal muscle, a contrast agent (Definity) will be administered at baseline and after 5 minutes of rhythmic hand grip exercise at 30% of maximal voluntary contraction. The investigators will then randomize our subjects to receive 12 weeks of Metoprolol or Nebivolol, using a cross over design. There will be a 4 week washout period between the two treatments. During the washout period, subjects will be followed after 2 weeks of drug withdrawal. Subjects found to have BP > 140/90 mmHg then, will be started on hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) at 25 mg once daily. Then subjects will be asked to return in 2 weeks. At that time HCTZ will be stopped if started in the earlier visit, and subject will be switched to the remaining treatment (Nebivolol or Metoprolol). Then, the investigators will assess microvascular perfusion in the skeletal muscle at rest and during handgrip exercise, endothelial function (FMD), and changes in endothelial cell protein expression after 12 weeks of Nebivolol and after 12 weeks of Metoprolol treatment in the same subjects.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 65 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Men and women with stage I primary untreated hypertension (BP between 140-159/90-99


- Age 18-65

Exclusion Criteria:

- Congestive heart failure

- Coronary artery disease

- Left ventricular hypertrophy by echocardiography or ECG

- History of stroke

- Average blood pressure >159/99 mmHg

- Bradycardia with a resting heart rate <55 bpm

- Chronic kidney disease with a serum creatinine > 1. 4 mg/dL

- Asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

- Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant

- Hypersensitivity to beta blockers, hydrochlorothiazide, or Definity

- Any history of substance abuse (other than tobacco)

- Concomitant drug treatment which raises endogenous nitric oxide levels, including

nitrates or phosphodiesterase V inhibitors (Viagra, Levitra)

- History of symptomatic bradycardia or heart block

- Patients with Right-to-left, bidirectional, or transient right-to-left cardiac shunts

- Hypersensitivity to perflutren, blood, blood products or albumin.

Locations and Contacts

Debbie Arbique, MS, FNP-C, Phone: (214) 648-3188, Email: Debbie.Arbique@UTSouthwestern.edu

UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas 75390-8586, United States; Recruiting
Debbie Arbique, MS, FNP-C, Phone: 214-648-3188, Email: Debbie.Arbique@UTSouthwestern.edu
Angela L Price, MD, Phone: (214) 648-3188, Email: Angela.Price@UTSouthwestern.edu
Wanpen Vongpatanasin, MD, Principal Investigator
Additional Information

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