Providence Cardiology is committed to reducing heart disease, through both long-practiced courses of treatment and with promising new ideas. Because our specialists actively participate in cardiology research, our patients have access to the latest treatment advances.
What is clinical research?
Clinical research is conducted to determine if a new drug or device is safe and effective. The research is conducted through a protocol, which: describes what types of patients are eligible to participate in the research; lists tests and procedures to be performed; and identifies the medications to be taken, the length of the study, and the outcomes that will be measured.
What types of clinical trials are available?
There are many different kinds of clinical trials, including:
- Pharmaceutical trials look at how a drug may prevent heart disease or improve a cardiac condition.
- Diagnostic trials look for new ways to detect heart disease or to determine the severity of the disease.
- Device trials look for ways to improve the devices used to treat heart disease such as stents, pacemakers and ICD's.
What are the potential benefits?
Participating in clinical trials is one way to get actively involved in your health care, gain access to new treatments and help others by contributing to medical research.
Are clinical trials safe?
The government requires researchers to give potential participants complete and accurate information about the research trial. Participants must sign an "informed consent" stating they understand that the trial is research, and that they can leave the clinical trial at any time. The trial is reviewed for medical ethics, safety and scientific merit. An Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews the trial and gives approval to begin enrollment. They review the trial at specified periods of time throughout the duration of the trial.
Contact our Clinical Research Department at 803-255-2927 if you would like more information about participating in a clinical trial.