A Randomized Multicenter Open Label Blinded End Point Trial Comparing the Effects of Spironolactone to Chlorthalidone on Left Ventricular Mass in Patients with Early Stage Chronic Kidney Disease: Rationale and Design of the SPIRO-CKD trial

Manvir Hayer, Nicola Edwards, Gemma Slinn, William Moody, Richard Steeds, Charles Ferro, Anna Price, C. Anduja, M. Dutton, R. Webster, D. J Webb, S. Semple, I. M. MacIntyre, V. Melville, I. B. Wilkinson, T. F. Hiemstra, D. C Wheeler, A. Herrey, Margaret Grant, Samir MehtaNatalie Ives, Jonathan Townend

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Abstract

Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with increased left ventricular (LV) mass and arterial stiffness. In a previous trial, spironolactone improved these end points compared to placebo in subjects with early stage CKD, but it is not known whether these effects were specific to the drug or secondary to blood pressure lowering.

Aim: To investigate the hypothesis that spironolactone is superior to chlorthalidone in the reduction of LV mass while exerting similar effects on blood pressure.

Design: This is a multi-center, prospective, randomized open-label blinded endpoint (PROBE) clinical trial initially designed to compare the effects of 40 weeks of treatment with spironolactone 25 mg once daily to chlorthalidone 25 mg once daily on the co-primary end points of change in pulse wave velocity and change in LV mass in 350 patients with stages 2 and 3 CKD on established treatment with an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker. Due to slow recruitment rates it became apparent that it would not be possible to recruit this sample size within the funded time period. The study design was therefore changed to one with a single primary end-point of LV mass requiring 150 patients. Recruitment was completed on 31st December 2016 at which time 154 patients had been recruited. Investigations included cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, applanation tonometry, 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, and laboratory tests. Subjects are assessed before and after 40 weeks of randomly allocated drug therapy and at 46 weeks after discontinuation of the study drug.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-46
JournalAmerican Heart Journal
Volume191
Early online date24 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

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