Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Clinical Trial

Observational Study of Cardiac Arrhythmias in Subjects Treated With BTK Inhibitors



Bruton s tyrosine kinase inhibitors (BTKi) are used to treat a form of leukemia. But taking BTKi can also increase a person s risk of developing an abnormal heart rhythm. This can cause sudden death. In this natural history study, researchers want to learn how BTKi affects the heart.


To identify and monitor the effects of BTKi on the heart.


People aged 18 and older currently receiving or planning to receive BTKi.


Participants who have not yet started BTKi will have 2 required clinic visits: 1 before they start taking BTKi, and 1 about 6 months later. Participants who are already taking BTKi will have 1 required visit.

Participants will undergo multiple tests:

A physical exam, including collection of blood and saliva.

A test that measures heart activity via stickers placed on the chest.

A test that uses sound waves to capture images of the heart.

An exercise stress test that monitors heart activity and blood pressure while the participant works on a treadmill or stationary bike. Sound wave images of the heart may also be taken while the participant exercises.

Stress magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be done in place of an exercise test. Participants will lie on a table that slides into a tube. They will be given drugs to stress the heart while images are taken.

Participants may wear a device to monitor their heart at home.

Participants may have repeat visits if they develop heart symptoms or if they need to stop taking BTKi. They will have follow-up phone calls each year for up to 3 years.

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Study Description:

Pharmacologic therapy with BTK inhibitors (BTKi) is associated with an increased risk of cardiac arrhythmias which can lead to sudden death. There is currently no standard for cardiac screening or monitoring patients on BTKi. We hypothesize that thorough and routine comprehensive cardiac evaluations prior to starting therapy with BTKi and repeated during therapy with BTKi will result in earlier identification of cardiac arrhythmias with the goal of minimizing associated morbidity and mortality.


Primary objective: Identify, monitor, and analyze the arrhythmogenic effects of BTKi as well as sudden death

Secondary objective: Assess the utility of different cardiac tests for identifying and monitoring cardiac arrhythmias in patients receiving BTKi

Exploratory objective: To examine the relationship between the development of cardiac arrhythmias in patients on BTKi as it relates to other variables


Primary endpoint:

-A composite endpoint of clinically significant cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death in patients starting a BTKi (Cohort A) and in patients already receiving BTKi (Cohort B).

Secondary endpoints:

Detection of arrhythmias on devices (rest/stress EKG, ambulatory EKG monitor, KardiaMobile)
Arrhythmia (treatment emergent or worsening) in patients on BTKi
Sudden death in patients on BTKi
Difference in cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death between different BTKi groups (e.g., ibrutinib vs. non-ibrutinib group)

Exploratory endpoints:

Pharmacokinetic levels of BTKi
Duration of BTKi exposure
Cumulative BTKi dose
Genetic variants
Cardiac structural remodeling
Medical comorbidities
Concomitant medications
Substance use
Identify risk factors or biomarkers for arrhythmia

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Eligibility Criteria


To be eligible to participate in this study, an individual must meet all of the following criteria:

Currently receiving or planning to receive a BTKi
Male or female, aged 18 or older
Stated willingness to comply with all study procedures and availability for the duration of the study
Ability of subject to understand and the willingness to sign a written informed consent document


An individual who meets any of the following criteria will be excluded from participation in this study:

Any acute cardiac condition including myocardial infarction or decompensated heart failure within the past 3 months
Pregnancy or lactation- use of BTK inhibitors is contraindicated in pregnant or nursing individuals.

Study is for people with:

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Estimated Enrollment:


Study ID:


Recruitment Status:



National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
Bethesda Maryland, 20892, United States More Info
NIH Clinical Center Office of Patient Recruitment (OPR)
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Study is for people with:

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

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