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Endothelial Dysfunction clinical trials at UC Health
4 in progress, 3 open to eligible people

  • Investigating the Cardiovascular Toxicity of Exposure to Electronic Hookah Smoking

    open to eligible people ages 21-39

    Hookah (water-pipe) smoking has quickly grown to become a major global tobacco epidemic among youth; with electronic hookahs more recently increasing in popularity especially among young female adults, who endorse marketing claims that these products are a safer alternative to traditional hookah, but scientific evidence is lacking. The study aims to elucidate the comparative effects of traditional hookah smoking vs. electronic hookah inhalation on human vascular and endothelial function; and examine the role of inflammation and oxidative stress as likely mechanisms in hookah-related cardiovascular disease pathogenesis.

    at UCLA

  • Key Dimensions of PTSD and ED

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This study will test whether endothelial dysfunction could be the early subclinical mechanism by which posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) increases cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, and whether posttraumatic fear—a key component of PTSD—or another PTSD dimension could be the target to offset that risk. The results of this study may help trauma-exposed individuals who are at risk of having CVD events.

    at UCLA

  • Walnut Study

    “Postmenopausal Women Needed for a Research Study”

    open to eligible females ages 45-65

    This study seeks to confirm and extend previous finding that four weeks of daily intake of 40 g of walnuts improve microvascular function, increasing the reactive hyperemia index (RHI), effects which were greatest in individuals with the worst initial RHI and correlating to circulating levels of vasoactive plasma epoxides. The current trial will enroll postmenopausal women who are at risk for cardiovascular disease due to their menopausal status and increased central adiposity. The initial trial focused on non-esterified (i.e. plasma) derived oxylipins, but substantial and unique changes were also observed in the esterified lipoprotein pool. The current study will add the esterified lipoprotein pool, important, as the mechanisms by which walnut intake influences endothelial function are currently undefined, but may include lipoprotein induced modulation of vascular hemostasis. As a secondary objective, primary metabolism and urolithin metabotype will be analyzed as a way to capture the influence of potential differences in habitual diet and metabolism on physiologic response. Therefore, this study will combine measures of cardiovascular physiology, metabolomics, and walnut-derived metabolite analyses to assess the 12 week influence of 40 g of daily walnut intake on the health of overweight and obese postmenopausal women.

    at UC Davis

  • Electronic Hookah and Endothelial Cell Function

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are a new rapidly growing global epidemic. More recently, electronic (e-) hookahs, have increased in popularity in the United States, with the greatest uptake by young female adults, who endorse marketing claims that these products are safer alternatives to traditional flavored hookah tobacco smoking. Unlike other ENDS such as e-cigarettes, e-hookah bowls are used through traditional water-pipes, allowing the vapor—containing nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerin, and flavorings—to pass through a water-filled basin, potentially altering the vapor, before it is inhaled through the user's mouth. Contributing to e-hookah bowls' popularity is the belief that the flavored smoke is detoxified as it passes through the water-filled basin, rendering e-hookah a safer tobacco alternative. However, an e-hookah bowl delivers flavored nicotine by creating a vapor of fine particles and volatile organic compounds that could induce vascular toxicity. The objective of this project is to investigate the effects of e-hookah bowl inhalation on endothelial function, vascular biomarkers and volatile compounds; and molecular mechanisms underlying e-hookah induced endothelial injury using freshly harvested human endothelial cells with a specific role of nicotine. In a cross-over study design, the investigators will first assess endothelial function measured by brachial artery flow-mediated dilation and markers of oxidative stress and inflammation in 18 young healthy hookah smokers 21-39 years old, before and after two separate 30-minute e-hookah bowl inhalation sessions using one brand of nicotine-containing and nicotine-free e-hookah liquid and, for control comparison, before and after sham hookah smoking. Then, in freshly harvested venous endothelial cells the investigators will assess nitric oxide bioavailability, and expression of markers of inflammation and oxidative stress before and after the sessions. To compare specific exposures across conditions, the research team will measure changes in plasma nicotine, and highly specific urinary mercapturic acid metabolites of acrolein and benzene. This proposed study will provide critical scientific data on the impact of e-hookah inhalation on vascular health and mechanisms of exposure on known cardiac risk factors. Results will provide critical data to the FDA to inform the development of regulations specific to hookah.

    at UCLA

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