Troponin-T for Detection of Perioperative Cardiovascular Events "VISION-pilot"


Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

We will conduct a prospective cohort study evaluating the incidence of and optimal risk estimation model for major perioperative cardiovascular events in consecutive patients undergoing noncardiac surgery at the 'Herlev University Hospital'. This national pilot study in Denmark together with other national studies will inform the feasibility of a large prospective international cohort study.

Detailed Description

Study Objectives
1. determine the feasibility of recruiting patients in a timely manner
2. determine the feasibility of obtaining data regarding in hospital post surgical perioperative cardiovascular events, and cardiovascular events over the subsequent six months, and
3. determine the resource requirements to achieve our recruitment and follow-up goals
Study Design
We will undertake a prospective cohort study of patients undergoing noncardiac surgery at the 'Herlev University Hospital', to evaluate the incidence of and best method to predict major perioperative cardiovascular events.
Sample Size
We will recruit a convenience sample of 100 patients for this pilot study.
Inclusion Criteria
- All patients undergoing noncardiac surgery are eligible if they:
1. are > 45 years of age
2. are undergoing noncardiac surgery requiring overnight hospital admission; AND
Exclusion Criterion
- We will exclude patients who refuse 30 day or 6 month follow-up.
Prior to starting the study we will provide all surgeons at the 'Herlev University Hospital' with a copy of our study protocol, and we will obtain their approval to approach their patients for inclusion in our study. A research physician will screen the preoperative assessment clinic patient list to identify patients who fulfill the eligibility criteria. The research physician will also review the daily surgical list for eligible patients admitted through the emergency department. The research physician will approach all patients who fulfill the eligibility criteria to obtain informed consent. Once a patient provides consent, the research physician will collect demographic and baseline data (e.g. age, type of surgery, history of coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease).
All patients will have an ECG recorded 6 to 12 hours postoperatively and on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd day after surgery. All patients will have a troponin T drawn 6 to 12 hours postoperatively and on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd day after surgery. Standard orders will ensure these tests are undertaken. The research nurse will review patients' charts prior to hospital discharge and note any primary or secondary outcomes. A research physician will contact patients by phone at 30 days and 6 months post surgery. If patients indicate they have experienced an outcome the study nurse will contact their physicians to obtain the appropriate documentation.
The primary outcome is a composite of cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, and nonfatal cardiac arrest at 30 days post surgery. An outcome committee will adjudicate all primary outcomes.
Sub Classification of Death
All deaths will be classified as either cardiovascular or non-cardiovascular. Cardiovascular death is defined as any death with a cardiovascular cause and includes those deaths following a cardiovascular procedure (e.g. percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty), cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolus, stroke, hemorrhage, or deaths due to an unknown cause. Non-cardiovascular death is defined as deaths due to a clearly documented non-cardiovascular cause (e.g. trauma, infection, malignancy). The research physician will forward the outcome committee all relevant clinical notes, laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging tests, and autopsy information from any patient who dies.
Myocardial Infarction
The diagnosis MI requires either one of the following:
1. a typical rise of troponin OR a typical fall of an elevated troponin OR a rapid rise and fall of CK-MB. An increased troponin value (i.e. above the decision limit for MI) is a measurement exceeding the 99th percentile of a reference control group with a coefficient of variation < 10%. An increased CK MB value (i.e. above the decision limit for MI) is one that exceeds the 99th percentile for CK MB values in a reference control group. One of the following must also exist for the diagnosis of myocardial infarction:
1. ischemic symptoms (e.g. chest, epigastric, arm, wrist, or jaw discomfort OR shortness of breath lasting at least 20 minutes)
2. development of pathologic Q waves on the ECG (Q wave changes must be present in any two contiguous leads, and be > 1 mm in depth, further Q waves in leads I, II, aVL, aVF, V4, V5, or V6 must be > to 30 ms
3. ECG changes indicative of ischemia (new or presumed new ST segment elevation or depression in at least two contiguous leads OR new or presumed new symmetric inversion of T waves > 1 mm in at least two contiguous leads)
4. coronary artery intervention (e.g. coronary angioplasty)
5. new or presumed new cardiac wall motion abnormality on echocardiographic or radionuclide imaging
2. Pathologic findings of an acute MI The study nurse will forward the outcome committee all relevant clinical notes documenting ischemic symptoms, ECGs, diagnostic imaging tests, and all cardiac enzyme tests from any patient thought to have suffered a myocardial infarction.
Nonfatal Cardiac Arrest
Nonfatal cardiac arrest is defined as a successful resuscitation from either documented or presumed ventricular fibrillation or sustained ventricular tachycardia, asystole, or pulseless electrical alternans. The study nurse will forward the outcome committee all relevant clinical notes documenting the event, ECGs and/or ECG rhythm strips of any patient thought to have suffered a nonfatal cardiac arrest.
Congestive Heart Failure
The definition of congestive heart failure requires both clinical (i.e. any of the following signs: elevated jugular venous pressure, respiratory rales, crepitations, or presence of S3) and radiographic evidence (e.g. vascular redistribution, interstitial pulmonary edema, or frank alveolar pulmonary edema).
Clinically Significant Atrial Fibrillation
Clinically significant atrial fibrillation is defined as atrial fibrillation that results in angina, congestive heart failure, symptomatic hypotension, or that requires treatment with a rate controlling drug, antiarrhythmic drug, or electrical cardioversion.
Rehospitalization for Cardiovascular Reasons
Rehospitalization for cardiac reasons is defined as rehospitalization for congestive heart failure, ischemic symptoms with ST or T wave changes on an ECG, arrhythmia, or stroke.
Stroke is defined as a new focal neurological deficit thought to be vascular in origin with signs and symptoms lasting more than 24 hours.
We will determine if we can achieve our goal of recruiting 100 patients over a 2 month period. We will also determine the study personnel requirements. We will determine if we can achieve our follow-up goal of 95% follow-up at 6 months.
All patients must sign a consent form to participate in our study. Board.


Trial Design

  • Observation: Cohort
  • Perspective: Prospective
  • Sampling: Non-Probability Sample

Trial Population

Patients for major surgery more than 45 years of age


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
No outcomes associated with this trial.

Biospecimen Retention:Samples Without DNA - Troponin-T