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This study will explore whether ivabradine lowers heart rate, and thus improves exercise capacity, in survivors of lymphoma who have an elevated resting heart rate as a side effect of prior radiation treatment. The drugs involved in this study are: Ivabradine Placebo


Lymphoma, Autonomic Imbalance, Cancer Survivorship

Recruitment Status


Detailed Description

This research study is a Phase II clinical trial. Phase II clinical trials test the safety and effectiveness of an investigational intervention to learn whether the intervention works in treating a specific disease. "Investigational" means that the intervention is being studied. This research study is a Pilot Study, which is the first time investigators are examining this study intervention for this particular problem. In this research study, the investigators are studying a drug called ivabradine. The investigators are exploring whether ivabradine can be used to reduce heart rate, increase exercise duration, and improve quality of life in survivors of lymphoma who received radiation to their chest as a part of their cancer treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved ivabradine for this specific disease, but it has approved the drug as an oral medication to lower heart rate in heart failure patients. Survivors of lymphoma who were treated with neck and/or chest radiation can have an elevated resting heart rate and an abnormal rate of decline in their heart rate after exercise, also known as cardiac autonomic dysfunction. These abnormalities can limit exercise duration and worsen quality of life in some radiation treated survivors of lymphoma

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Survivors of mediastinal lymphoma (either Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma or Hodgkin's Lymphoma) with no active malignancy
Prior mediastinal or mantle radiation ≥ 5 years prior to enrollment in the study
Age 18-80 years.

Participants must have normal organ function as defined below:

AST(SGOT)/ALT(SGPT) ≤2.5 × institutional upper limit of normal
creatinine clearance ≥ 15 mL/min/1.73 m2 for participants with creatinine levels above institutional normal.
Normal sinus rhythm with resting heart rate ≥ 80 bpm on screening EKG
Based on findings in animals, ivabradine may cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. For this reason, women of child-bearing potential must agree to use adequate contraception.
Ability to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document

Exclusion Criteria:

Participants who are receiving any other investigational agents.
History of allergic reaction to ivabradine.
Participants receiving any medications or substances that are inhibitors or inducers of cytochrome P450 3A4 are ineligible.
Uncontrolled intercurrent illness including, but not limited to, ongoing or active infection, symptomatic congestive heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, symptomatic known coronary artery disease, severe valvular heart disease, active malignancy, or psychiatric illness/social situations that would limit compliance with study requirements.
Pregnant women are excluded from this study because ivabradine is an agent with the potential for teratogenic effects. Because there is an unknown but potential risk for adverse events in nursing infants secondary to treatment of the mother with ivabradine, breastfeeding should be discontinued if the mother is treated with ivabradine.
HIV-positive participants on combination antiretroviral therapy.
Patients with systolic blood pressure < 90 mm Hg.
Patients with sick-sinus syndrome, sino-atrial block, third degree heart block, atrial fibrillation, and those with permanent pacemakers.
Patients with other established indications for ivabradine: stable, symptomatic chronic HF with a left ventricular ejection fraction ≤ 35% and in sinus rhythm with a resting HR ≥ 70 bpm, who are taking maximally tolerated doses of beta-blockers or have contraindications to beta-blocker use.
Patients with severe hepatic dysfunction (Child Pugh Class C).
Patients who have had chemotherapy or radiotherapy within 4 weeks (6 weeks for nitrosureas or mitomycin C) prior to entering the study or those who have not recovered from adverse events due to agents administered more than 4 weeks earlier.


Intervention Type

Intervention Name




Placebo Oral Tablet


Phase 2



Min Age

18 Years

Max Age

80 Years

Download Date

February 10, 2022

Principal Investigator

Anju Nohria

Primary Contact Information

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For more information and to contact the study team:

Ivabradine in the Management of Cardiac Autonomic Dysfunction Associated With Thoracic Radiation Therapy. NCT03137537