Cardiovascular Research Studies
Medical treatments, techniques and procedures develop through a long research process. This system evaluates whether innovations offer improvement for patients.
The Pilla Heart Center participates in numerous research studies, also known as clinical research trials. These studies assess how new treatments or approaches work for patients with cardiovascular conditions. Often, a method being tested is available only at the hospitals participating in the clinical trial.
Pilla Heart Center physicians and surgeons serve as the investigators for these studies. There’s also a contact person (usually a nurse) for patient assistance on each trial. Patients who meet the requirements of a study will receive information about it. After reviewing that material and having their questions answered, patients decide if they wish to participate. There is never an obligation to take part in a clinical research trial.
Research studies currently accepting patients, as well as trials now in progress, are listed at the Abington Memorial Hospital Center for Clinical Research.
For expertise on cardiovascular research studies, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center, including the Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease, Heart Rhythm Center, and Cardiothoracic Surgery.