Adaptive Servo-Ventilation In Acute Heart Failure Patients Protecting the Heart and Kidneys
The primary hypothesis of this study is: the use of minute ventilation-adaptive servo-ventilation (MV-ASV) during hospitalization will mitigate deterioration in renal function and prevent kidney injury in patients admitted with acute heart failure (AHF) compared to those receiving usual care. We will validate and extend our pilot study by taking a deeper dive into the effects of ASV on diuretic dose, urine output and new and exciting biomarkers of renal function and kidney injury. If our hypothesis proves correct, it strongly suggests that ASV lessens injury to the kidney and could lead to a new paradigm for the treatment of AHF. When use of high dose of diuretics are anticipated or in whom chronic kidney disease (CKD) or acute kidney injury (AKI) is present on arrival to the Emergency Department, use of MV-ASV might decrease the amount of diuretics needed, allow for continued use of ACE inhibitors, and ultimately mitigate rises in creatinine and decreases in effective glomerular filtration. Since kidney injury is a major factor in those patients with early 30-day readmission following discharge, this therapy could become quite popular.
Adaptive Servo-Ventilation In Acute Heart Failure Patients Protecting the Heart
OBJECTIVE(S): The main goal of this study is to evaluate the utility of a Minute Ventilation Adaptive Servo-ventilation (MV-ASV) device in mitigating deterioration in renal function and prevent kidney injury in patients admitted with acute heart failure compared to those receiving usual care. We will be assessing the effects of MV-ASV on diuretic dose, urine output and new and exciting biomarkers of renal function and kidney injury. If our hypothesis proves correct, it strongly suggests that ASV lessens hypoxia to the kidney and could lead to a new paradigm for the treatment of AHF. When use of high dose of diuretics are anticipated or in whom CKD or AKI is present on arrival to the Emergency Department, use of MV-ASV might decrease the amount of diuretics needed, allow for continued use of ACE inhibitors, and ultimately mitigate rises in creatinine and decreases in effective glomerular filtration. Since kidney injury is a major factor in those patients with early 30-day readmission following discharge, this therapy could become quite popular.
RESEARCH DESIGN: This is an interventional, principal investigator-initiated project with patient enrollment, cohort development and data analysis. We will recruit 66 patients with acute heart failure and evidence of volume overload and elevated BNP, since we anticipate a 10% dropout. Half will be pre-selected to have CKD with eGFR < 60 ml/min/1.73 m2. Randomization will be attempted within first six hours of hospital presentation. The participants will be randomized one of the following two groups: 1) those receiving only standard therapy or 2) those receiving standard therapy and adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) therapy.
- Consenting of patient: every attempt will be made to consent within six hours of evaluation, as we feel there is a good window for ASV here. Maximum time to consent is 24 hours.
- Sleep and breathing assessment: Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), Epworth Sleepiness Scale, Pulmonary Sleep Lab Questionnaire, Sleep Diary, Likert Scale
- Blood Sample Collections:
- Two 10cc (20cc total) blood samples in standard collection tubes will be obtained via venipuncture or a peripheral IV line from each enrolled patient at the time of enrollment.
- One sample will be collected in a lithium heparin tube and the other sample will be collected in an EDTA tube. Initial blood samples will be collected after the initiation of standard medical therapy and stabilization for acute heart failure.
- The blood samples will be analyzed for cardiac biomarkers such as BNP, high sensitivity troponins (hsTnI), endothelin-1 (ET-1), kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1) by Singulex, and adrenomedullin (hADM) by Sphingotec.
Remaining blood samples will be banked for future biomarker analysis. All samples will be held at the VASDHS in a clinical laboratory storage facility indefinitely for future analysis of biomarkers such as those of inflammation, fibrosis and cardiorenal syndrome. NO GENETIC TESTING will be done on the samples.
- As obligated, we will report any incidental findings of FDA approved biomarkers performed, as a part of further analysis of banked specimens, to the patient through their treating physicians.
- All specimens will be frozen at -80 degrees Celsius for storage.
- Specimens with evidence of hemolysis will not be analyzed.
- MV-ASV Treatment and Respiration Monitoring:
- Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV) therapy will be placed on the patient by the respiratory therapy team as soon as the patient is enrolled in the study. The ASV device will be on ASV Auto mode, which has an automatic expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) adjustment based on the patient's breathing. The ASV Auto default EPAP range is 4-15cmH2O with a pressure support range of 3-15cmH2O. The backup rate of the ASV is adaptive based on the patient's respiratory rate. However, if the automatic ventilation setting is not suitable to maintain target ventilation, then a setting of 15 breaths per minute will be used.
- We will ask the patients to use the ASV therapy during all hours of sleeping during their stay in the hospital and during times when they are awake, if they feel comfortable using it.
- The patient will be closely monitored during the first few hours to make sure the patients are comfortable, have the right settings and are without mask leaks. The monitoring team will consist of members from Cardiology, Pulmonary Critical Care and Respiratory Therapy.
- Repeat following assessments in the hospital each day for up to five days
- Two tubes of 10cc each (20 cc total)
- Likert dyspnea assessment
- Sleep diary entry once each day for up to 5 days
- Urine outputs
- Daily weights
- Dose of diuretics
- Additional hospital data to be recorded:
- Presence of arrhythmias
- Need for inotropes
- Need for intubation
- Number of ICU days
- Total number of hospital days
- Need for renal consult
- Once the subject is discharged from the hospital, the following will happen:
- They will be seen at 30 days for following:
- Evaluation for events
- Sleepiness scales: Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), Epworth Sleepiness Scale, Pulmonary Sleep Lab Questionnaire, Sleep Diary, Likert Scale
- Two tubes of blood (10cc each) will be drawn, as described above to assess renal function and AKI
- They will not be reimbursed for this visit
- Power analysis • The comparison of groups of size 30 and 30 has a power of 0.815 to detect an effect equal to a group difference of (0.75) standard deviations. This would apply to all variables in univariate tests at significance level of 0.05 with appropriate corrections for multiple comparisons.
CLINICAL RELATIONSHIPS: The potential benefit of this study includes the validation of the use of an ASV device in the treatment of heart failure. ASV treatment might decrease the amount of diuretics needed, allow for continued use of ACE inhibitors, and ultimately mitigate rises in creatinine and decreases in effective glomerular filtration. ASV treatment may lessen hypoxia to the kidney and could lead to a new paradigm for the treatment of AHF.
IMPACT/SIGNIFICANCE: Heart failure is a major cause of both death and healthcare spending in the United States. ASV is a cost effective, non-invasive treatment that can improve symptoms and cardiac outcomes in patients with heart failure. Validation of an MV-ASV device as an effective treatment could help improve prognosis and quality of life in patients with this often terminal condition.
Heart Failure Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Acute Heart Failure Positive-Pressure Ventilation Adaptive Servo-Ventilation
You can join if…
Open to people ages 18 years and up
- Age 18 years and older.
- Admitted with a clinical diagnosis of acute heart failure.
- Evidence of congestion (rales, JVP, CXR, edema).
- BNP >300pg/mL
- If BMI >35 kg/m2, then BNP >100 pg/ml.
- Consent within 24 hours of admission, but every attempt will be made to consent within six hours.
- Patients with known sleep disordered breathing (SDB) can be included.
- One-half of patients in each group will have chronic kidney disease (CKD) with GFR less than 60.
You CAN'T join if...
- Age < 18 years.
- Unable to provide informed consent within 24 hours of admission.
- Current participation in a pharmaceutical or treatment-related clinical study.
- Hypercarbic (ie. Acute Respiratory Acidosis) from reasons other than acute heart failure.
- Cardiogenic shock.
- Clinical diagnosis of COPD exacerbation as the primary reason for hospital admission.
- History of non-compliance to medications and treatment.
- Pregnant women.
- VA San Diego Healthcare System
accepting new patients
San Diego California 92161 United States
Lead Scientist at UCSD
- Alan S Maisel
Senate Emeritus, Medicine. Authored (or co-authored) 322 research publications
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