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Medical imaging is one of the fastest growing sectors in health care and increases in utilization underscore the need to ensure imaging technology is developed and used effectively. Evaluation of the clinical and economic impact of such imaging lags behind the technology development. Heart failure (HF)represents the final common pathway for most forms of heart disease and morbidity and mortality remain high. There is a need to identify imaging approaches that have a positive impact on therapy decisions, patient outcomes and costs. As well as standard methods to evaluate new and emerging techniques to better test their potential in a clinical management setting. The OVERALL OBJECTIVES of the IMAGE-HF trial are 1) to determine the impact of emerging imaging strategies, on relevant clinical outcomes and decision making in patients with HF; 2) to establish standardization quality assurance (QA) measures and central databases in order to achieve reliable outcome driven research; 3) to apply this as a platform for evaluation of new and emerging imaging biomarkers in HF.

Project I-A: The PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF AIMI-HF is to compare the effect of HF imaging strategies on the composite clinical endpoint of cardiac death, MI, resuscitated cardiac arrest and cardiac re-hospitalization (WHF, ACS, arrhythmia). Patients with an ischemic heart disease (IHD) etiology will follow HF imaging strategy algorithms according to the question(s) asked by the physicians (is there ischemia and/or viability), in agreement with their local practices for standard and alternative imaging.

Secondary objectives of AIMI-HF To compare the effect of HF imaging strategies on

1. The incidence of revascularization procedures (PCI, CABG)

2. LV remodeling: LV volumes, LVEF

3. HF symptoms, NYHA class

4. QOL (MLHFQ, the EQ5D)

5. The evolution of serum prognostic markers in HF (e.g. BNP, RDW, hs-cTnT, hs-CRP)

6. Health economics: Costs estimated through regression analysis and cost effectiveness assessed through decision modeling.

7. The safety of imaging tests measured by cumulative radiation, adverse reactions to imaging contrast agents and stress testing agents will also be determined.

8. The evolution of renal function (eGFR) and LV remodeling-associated biomarkers (e.g. PIIINP, OPN).


Clinical Trial Description

Among patients with coronary artery disease and HF, mortality rates range from 10-60% at 1 year. Many trials have demonstrated benefit of revascularization in patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD) and LV dysfunction. Some criteria, such as severe angina or left main coronary artery stenosis may indicate the need for surgical therapy for HF patients; however, a large number of patients fall into a gray zone without clear evidence for benefit from surgical intervention. The need remains for approaches that can help better define and select the HF patients most likely to benefit from revascularization; which could be either surgical or percutaneous intervention.

Increasingly over the past three decades, information describing cardiac structure, perfusion, hemodynamics, and metabolism obtained from noninvasive cardiac imaging studies has been used to guide management decisions for patients with HF.

AIMI-HF is part of a large Canadian team grant IMAGE-HF (Imaging Modalities to Assist with Guiding therapy and the Evaluation of patients with Heart Failure) involving 3 parallel randomized trials addressing the role of imaging in HF patients according to HF etiology.

Primary Hypothesis of AIMI-HF:

In patients with HF due to IHD with LVEF less than or equal to 45%, a management algorithm that applies alternative imaging strategies (PET or CMR) achieves a better clinical outcome measured as the composite clinical endpoint (CCE) of cardiac death, MI, resuscitated cardiac arrest and cardiac re-hospitalization (WHF, ACS, arrhythmia) than an approach with "standard care".

Secondary Hypotheses of AIMI-HF:

i) Compared to standard care, in patients with HF due to IHD with LVEF ≤ 45%, a management algorithm that applies alternative imaging modalities (PET or CMR) achieves: a) more efficient use of revascularization procedures with similar complication rates than standard care imaging strategies b) better LV remodeling (including favorable evolution of serum markers associated with LV remodeling e.g. PIIINP, OPN) c) better HF and angina symptom reduction, d) better QoL, measured using MLHFQ and EQ5D, e) more favorable evolution of selected serum markers of prognosis in HF (e.g. BNP, RDW, hs-cTnT, hs-CRP) and f) is economically attractive in patients with HF due to IHD with LVEF<45%.

ii) In patients with HF due to IHD with LVEF ≤ 45%, a HF management algorithm that applies PET achieves a better primary composite clinical endpoint (CCE) and secondary outcomes (revascularizations, remodeling, QoL, Cost efficiency) compared to one that applies CMR.

iii) Renal function impairment is a known independent predictor of cardiovascular events in HF. Renal function may influence revascularisation decisions and its evolution could be modified by revascularisation procedures.

Study design

AIMI-HF is the IMAGE-HF Project 1-A trial; it is a prospective comparative effectiveness study to compare the effect of HF imaging strategies in patients with HF due to IHD. Eligible patients will have LV systolic dysfunction due to IHD where evaluation of ischemia and viability is relevant. Patients will be prospectively randomized to standard (SPECT) versus advanced (PET or CMR) imaging. Patients who meet inclusion criteria but cannot be randomized due to clinical management decisions, yet undergo standard or advanced imaging (SPECT, PET/CT or CMR), will be entered into a registry. Based on site screening logs, patients who could not be randomized, who met all other inclusion criteria and underwent standard or advanced imaging, will be retrospectively enrolled, from the date of original HREB approval, into the study as registry participants. Registry recruitment will be monitored to ensure a balanced recruitment for each modality registry. ;


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NCT number NCT01288560
Study type Interventional
Source Ottawa Heart Institute Research Corporation
Contact Linda M. Garrard, RN, BScN
Phone 613-696-7000
Email lgarrard@ottawaheart.ca
Status Recruiting
Phase Phase 4
Start date January 2011
Completion date June 2019

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