Cardiac Disease | Beta Blockers and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers in Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease Aortopathy (BAV Study)

Cardiac Disease research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

The purpose of this study is to determine whether long-term treatment with a beta-blocker (BB) such as atenolol and/or an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) such as telmisartan, given to adult patients with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease (aortopathy) reduces the widening (dilatation) of the aorta from its baseline size.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Age => 18 years - Men and women with BAV and ascending aorta measuring > 37mm. - Written informed consent General Study Exclusion Criteria 1. History of cardiac diseases, such as - Symptomatic aortic stenosis or aortic regurgitation referred for surgical intervention or asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis or regurgitation based on current guidelines - Uncontrolled heart failure, right ventricular failure due to pulmonary hypertension - Cardiogenic shock 2. Systolic blood pressure < 100 mmHg 3. History of drug sensitivity, contraindication or adverse reaction to both BB and ARB. Participants who are able to tolerate only a BB will be allocated to the BB vs. placebo arm, and participants who are able to tolerate only an ARB will be allocated to the ARB vs. placebo arm, assuming no other exclusion criteria are met. 4. Ascending aorta measuring ≥ 50mm, requiring prophylactic ascending aorta surgery 5. Unable to provide informed consent 6. Need for both BB and ARB for treatment of concomitant medical conditions for which there are no other alternatives. Participants who are taking an ARB which cannot be discontinued will be allocated to the BB arm, and participants who are taking a BB which cannot be discontinued will be allocated to the ARB arm, if no other exclusion criteria are met. 7. Prior surgery on ascending aorta or aortic root (balloon valvuloplasty, aortic valvotomy or post coarctation surgery are acceptable) 8. Women who are pregnant at screening visit 9. Contraindication to MRI (claustrophobia, pacemaker, metallic clip in eye or brain) 10. History of any illness which limits the participants' ability to complete the study Additional Exclusion Criteria for BB arm only 1. Heart rate <60 bpm 2. Heart block (1st, 2nd and 3rd degree AV block on ECG), or sick sinus syndrome 3. Asthma of sufficient severity to represent a contraindication to BB use in the judgment of the patient's physician 4. History of severe peripheral artery disorders 5. History of pheochromocytoma without the use of alpha-adrenergic blockers 6. History of metabolic acidosis Additional Exclusion Criteria for ARB arm only 1. Women who are pregnant, lactating or who intend to become pregnant during the course of the study 2. Women who are of childbearing age and are not on reliable, accepted form of birth control 3. Hyperkalemia [serum potassium > 5.5 mmol/L] or renal dysfunction [GFR<45% measured by MDRD) 4. Patients being treated with an ACE Inhibitor that cannot be discontinued. (These patients may be randomized in the BB arm if no exclusion criteria are met.) 5. History of bilateral renal artery stenosis or unilateral renal artery stenosis to a solitary kidney 6. History of hepatic insufficiency and hepato-biliary obstruction 7. History of fructose intolerance

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Cardiac Disease

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Drug:AtenololAtenolol or matching placebo 25 mg up-titrated to 100 mg

Drug:TelmisartanTelmisartan or matching placebo 40 mg up-titrated to 80mg.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

AtenololAtenolol or matching placebo 25 mg up-titrated to 100 mg.

TelmisartanTelmisartan or matching placebo 40 mg up-titrated to 80mg

Study Status


Start Date: June 2011

Completed Date: November 2016

Phase: Phase 3

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Change from baseline in ascending aorta size, as evaluated by MRI

Secondary Outcome: Rate of change in ascending aorta size evaluated by transthoracic echocardiography (TEE).

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Judith Therrien, MD

Lead Sponsor: Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation

Collaborator: Population Health Research Institute

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