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Heart clinical trials

A chance to make a difference

The advanced heart care we provide is constantly improved through clinical research conducted by our physicians. As a patient, you may have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. These studies help develop new medications and procedures that may make a difference in your own care and that of others.

A wide range of heart care studies

Our physicians conduct studies in a variety of areas, from heart attack and heart disease to heart rhythm conditions and congestive heart failure. Current studies include:

  • Yoga My Heart. Participants must have a history of intermittent atrial fibrillation. They will learn the practice of yoga and use a cardiac event monitor to record episodes of abnormal heart rhythm.
  • CoreValve Heart Procedure. In the trial, surgeons will use a catheter to guide a prosthetic device to a patient’s diseased aortic valve. The device will expand and replace the ailing valve.

Patients can benefit from participation

One patient with congestive heart failure found it easy to participate in a clinical trial. In 2004, when she joined a trial to test the effectiveness of a new pacemaker, Rosemarie was very ill. “I felt like I couldn’t breathe,” she says. During the trial, she received close, careful attention from a team of heart failure experts. "I came in more frequently, but my husband was thrilled with that because he felt I was getting the extra care I needed." Stronger and healthier today, Rosemarie says, "I've been extremely pleased with my experience. I know the information from this study will help someone else."

Is a clinical trial right for you?

Your doctor can help you decide which clinical trials are right for you. Our staff will answer your questions and provide you with details on particular studies.

Participation is voluntary. If you join a trial, you are free to change your mind and withdraw at any time.

Read more about why we do clinical research, your rights as a patient, and how it could benefit you and others.

For more information

  • Learn more about all clinical trials available at The University of Kansas Health System.
  • Call 913-588-1227 or toll free 800-332-6048.