Selective C-reactive protein apheresis in ST-elevation myocardial infarction study

Medical University Innsbruck is starting a new clinical trial of CRP Apheresis in STEMI.

Background: In patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the amount of infarcted myocardium (infarct size) is known to be a major predictor for adverse remodeling and recurrent adverse cardiovascular events. Effective cardio-protective strategies with the aim of reducing infarct size are therefore of great interest. Local and systemic inflammation influences the fate of ischemic myocardium and thus, adverse remodeling and clinical outcome. C-reactive protein (CRP) also acts as a potential mechanistic mediator that adversely affects the amount of irreversible myocardial tissue damage after acute myocardial infarction. Objective: The main objectives of the current study are to investigate the efficacy of selective CRP apheresis, using the PentraSorb®-CRP system, as an adjunctive therapy to standard of care for patients with acute STEMI treated with primary PCI. Design: Investigator-initiated, prospective, randomized, open-label (outcome assessors masked), controlled, multicenter, two group trial with a two-stage adaptive design. Innovation: Selective CRP apheresis offers potential to decrease infarct size and consequently improve outcome after PCI for STEMI. This is the first randomized trial investigating the impact of selective CRP apheresis on infarct size in post-STEMI patients. In perspective, the study design allows furthermore to collect robust evidence for the design of a definitive outcome study.

The clinical trial started in April 1, 2021 and will continue throughout March 31, 2025.

Primary efficacy endpoint will be primary outcome measure. Infarct size expressed as % of left ventricular myocardial mass (LVMM) as visualized by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging at 5 ± 2 days post PCI.

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