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Lay Description

This study will help us learn how to protect a broken heart after the loss of a spouse or significant other by identifying factors that can improve health and wellbeing during this difficult life transition.

Category

  • Family Health
IRB Number
20190937HU
NCT Number
ct.gov registration not required
Open to Enrollment
Yes

Eligibility

Eligible Ages
Between 18 and 0
Eligible Genders
All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Yes

Inclusion Criteria

Individuals who have lost a spouse or domestic partner within the last 3 months (+/
- 45 days), and who are of Latin or non-Latino White origin.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Individuals with evidence of liver or kidney failure;
  • Individuals with significant visual or auditory problems, and/or cognitive impairment;
  • Individuals with major medical conditions involving the immune system such as autoimmune and/or inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis;
  • Individuals who smoke;
  • Individuals with alcohol or drug abuse;

Individuals with regular use of medications with major immunological consequences (e.g., steroids), those on medications for angiotensin type I receptor blockers, and those taking statins. Those taking aspirin will not be excluded because this did not reduce IL-6 and CRP inflammation in previous work. However, it will be assessed.

Study Design

Study Contact


Regulatory Point of Contact
Sarah Lill
(210) 562-5551
lills@uthscsa.edu

Principal Investigator
Luz Garcini