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Dose-response of chronic beta-blocker treatment in heart failure from either idiopathic dilated or ischemic cardiomyopathy. Bucindolol Investigators.

BACKGROUND: Small-scale clinical investigations have demonstrated that single doses of beta-blocking agents can improve left ventricular function in heart failure from idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC). The purpose of this multicenter clinical trial was to determine the dose-effect characteristics of beta-blockade in a heart failure population that includes ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (ISCD). METHODS AND RESULTS: Bucindolol is a nonselective beta-blocking agent with mild vasodilatory properties. One hundred forty-one subjects with class II or III heart failure, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) < or = 0.40, and background therapy of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, digoxin, and diuretics were given an initial challenge dose of bucindolol 12.5 mg. One hundred thirty-nine subjects (99 with IDC, 40 with ISCDC) tolerated challenge and were randomized to treatment with placebo or bucindolol 12.5 mg/d (low dose), 50 mg/d (medium dose), or 200 mg/d (high dose). At the end of 12 weeks, left ventricular function and other parameters were measured and compared with baseline values. There was a dose-related improvement in left ventricular function in bucindolol-treated subjects. In the high-dose bucindolol group, radionuclide-measured LVEF improved by 7.8 EF units (%) compared with 1.8 units in the placebo group (P < .05), and compared with the placebo group, a greater percentage of subjects had an increase in LVEF by > or = 5 units. In contrast, all three bucindolol doses prevented deterioration of myocardial function as defined by an LVEF decline of > or = 5 units. CONCLUSIONS: In heart failure from systolic dysfunction, beta-blockade with bucindolol produces a dose-related improvement in and prevents deterioration of left ventricular function.[1]


  1. Dose-response of chronic beta-blocker treatment in heart failure from either idiopathic dilated or ischemic cardiomyopathy. Bucindolol Investigators. Bristow, M.R., O'Connell, J.B., Gilbert, E.M., French, W.J., Leatherman, G., Kantrowitz, N.E., Orie, J., Smucker, M.L., Marshall, G., Kelly, P. Circulation (1994) [Pubmed]
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