Research and Trials
New approaches in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of heart disease occur as a result of research and clinical trials.
The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute is at the forefront of a number of national clinical trials and research opportunities, enrolling thousands of patients annually.
Specialized research staff members at the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute are dedicated to performing clinical trials safely and efficiently, while addressing the individual needs of each research study patient.
To ensure safety for all patients, every study must be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board, the director of research and a clinical research committee. All research adheres to strict guidelines set forth by the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
Special care is taken to help patients understand the study in which they are participating so they can be active participants in their treatment.
All patient information regarding clinical trials is kept confidential.
In the past, many patients were required to travel to large teaching hospitals for the latest drugs and devices, but today the majority of research studies are performed at community hospitals and physician practices.
The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute enrolls patients seen at its Kingsport, Tenn., facilities.
Sometimes care may be provided at no charge to the patient, while patients incur normal charges for their care during other research studies.
In all cases, patients are monitored carefully to ensure safety and care.
If you are approached about participating in a trial for your heart problems, listen carefully and involve your family and your doctor. Volunteering for any study is a choice only you can make.
And if you are interested in potential trials or research studies, your physician can offer more details and information.