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Registration number
Ethics application status
Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Date data sharing statement initially provided
Type of registration
Prospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
Analysis of brain natriuretic peptide levels in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing atrioventricular node ablation
Scientific title
Analysis of brain natriuretic peptide levels in patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing atrioventricular node ablation
Secondary ID [1] 299775 0
Nil known
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Atrial Fibrillation 315142 0
AV Node Ablation 315143 0
Condition category
Condition code
Cardiovascular 313459 313459 0 0
Other cardiovascular diseases

Study type
Patient registry
Target follow-up duration
Target follow-up type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
The study will measure levels of the proteins brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) and troponin (hs-TnI) in a prospective cohort of patients undergoing atrioventricular (AV) node ablation and measure the differences before and after the procedure. Blood samples will be collected from three different sites, the vein, the artery and within the heart (coronary sinus) at the start of the procedure and then 20 and 40 minutes following the procedure. The study will be conducted on the day of the procedure only.
Intervention code [1] 316031 0
Not applicable
Comparator / control treatment
No control group
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 321929 0
Percentage change in transcardiac BNP gradient, measured from blood samples before and after the procedure
Timepoint [1] 321929 0
40 minutes following the procedure
Secondary outcome [1] 376725 0
Change in high-sensitivity troponin (hs-TnI) measured from blood samples
Timepoint [1] 376725 0
40 minutes following the procedure

Key inclusion criteria
o Age greater than or equal to 18 years
o Permanent atrial fibrillation
o Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) >45%
o Clinical indication for AV node ablation
o Permanent pacemaker already implanted or planned to be implanted prior to AV node ablation
o Able to provide written informed consent
Minimum age
18 Years
Maximum age
No limit
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
o Age < 18 years
o Inability to provide consent
o LVEF <45% or decompensated heart failure
o Severe valvular lesions
o Pregnancy

Study design
Natural history
Defined population
Statistical methods / analysis
A sample size of 30 patients was targeted, with this technique, assuming a within-patient BNP assay variability of 10%, this will give 90% power to detect a difference of 10% in BNP levels following procedure given the crossover design. Data will be analysed using descriptive statistics, within group data will use paired t-tests where normally distributed. Nominal or categorical data were compared using a Chi-squared test or a Fischer Exact Test where appropriate.

Recruitment status
Not yet recruiting
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
Recruitment hospital [1] 15132 0
Princess Alexandra Hospital - Woolloongabba
Recruitment postcode(s) [1] 28426 0
4102 - Woolloongabba

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 304240 0
Government body
Name [1] 304240 0
Pathology Queensland - Study, Education and Research Committee
Address [1] 304240 0
Pathology Queensland
Level 4, Block 7
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Cnr Herston and Bowen Bridge Roads
Herston Qld 4006
Country [1] 304240 0
Primary sponsor type
Princess Alexandra Hospital
199 Ipswich Rd
QLD 4102
Secondary sponsor category [1] 304479 0
Name [1] 304479 0
Address [1] 304479 0
Country [1] 304479 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Ethics committee name [1] 304699 0
Metro South Human Research Ethics Committee
Ethics committee address [1] 304699 0
Metro South Research
Level 7, Translational Research Institute
37 Kent Street
Woolloongabba QLD 4102
Ethics committee country [1] 304699 0
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 304699 0
Approval date [1] 304699 0
Ethics approval number [1] 304699 0

Brief summary
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common irregular rapid heart rhythm which happens in about 5% of people. Some patients have symptoms regardless of medication and a procedure is needed to get rid of these symptoms. This procedure uses an electrical current to burn the pathway between the top and the bottom part of the heart.

What is not known is the way the heart changes after the procedure and if the benefits are due only to a slower heart rate or more complex processes. One way to measure the heart's response to the procedure is by taking blood to test for cardiac biomarkers (BNP and cTnI). Currently it is unknown how these biomarkers respond immediately after the procedure.

Our study will enroll 30 patients who are having this procedure. Blood samples will be taken from the heart and artery during the procedure to measure BNP and cTnI. How the levels of BNP and TnI react during the procedure will help us decide the site in the heart where these are released from and what triggers their release.
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Principal investigator
Name 97914 0
A/Prof Paul Gould
Address 97914 0
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Department of Cardiology
199 Ipswich Rd
QLD 4102
Country 97914 0
Phone 97914 0
+61 7 3176 2000
Fax 97914 0
Email 97914 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 97915 0
A/Prof Paul Gould
Address 97915 0
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Department of Cardiology
199 Ipswich Rd
QLD 4102
Country 97915 0
Phone 97915 0
+61 7 3176 2000
Fax 97915 0
Email 97915 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 97916 0
A/Prof Paul Gould
Address 97916 0
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Department of Cardiology
199 Ipswich Rd
QLD 4102
Country 97916 0
Phone 97916 0
+61 7 3176 2000
Fax 97916 0
Email 97916 0

Data sharing statement
Will individual participant data (IPD) for this trial be available (including data dictionaries)?
What data in particular will be shared?
Individual participant data that underlie the results of the trial after de-identification
When will data be available (start and end dates)?
Immediately following publication. No end date.
Available to whom?
Researchers who provide a sound methodological proposal for use of the data
Available for what types of analyses?
To achieve aims stated in the study proposal
How or where can data be obtained?
Proposals should be directed to the Principal Investigator listed on this study
What supporting documents are/will be available?
No other documents available
Summary results
No Results