CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-9917
Release: May 18, 1999
Participants invited to take part in UI study on chronic
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa cardiologists
are conducting a clinical study on how an injected protein inhibitor may improve
the health of people with chronic heart failure.
Men and women ages 18 to 85 with decreased left ventricular
systolic dysfunction are invited to participate in the study. To participate,
women may not be pregnant.
Participants will need to take injections three times
a week and make weekly visits to the UI for the first month, then monthly
visits for a minimum of five additional months. For more information, call
Page Scovel, staff nurse, at (319) 384-8005.
William G. Cotts, M.D., UI assistant professor of
internal medicine and lead investigator, said the study will examine whether
the injections can diminish or prevent the negative effects of a certain protein
often found in elevated amounts in the blood of people with heart failure.
"We'll be looking at whether the inhibitor reduces
symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath, and whether it can help
people with heart failure live longer," Cotts said.
The UI is one of several centers nationwide participating
in the study.