Research Studies and Trials
The best way to assess which treatments are most effective is with the help of volunteers in a clinical trial or study. All research is regulated by the Health Research Authority and must receive ethical and peer approval before it can go ahead.
So, if you are being treated for a condition and we are conducting a study looking at your condition, we may ask you if you would like to take part. Participating in a study is always completely voluntary. If you agree to take part, any information that is collected about you remains confidential. Only anonymised data is made available to the relevant regulatory authorities. Most studies require that you have additional follow up for a period of time, which can vary considerably. It may require you to attend clinic for additional investigations or may simply require a telephone call.
Although many people who take part in research hope that it will be of benefit to them, many also say that they are pleased to be able to do something that may benefit others in the future. It is only with the support of our patients, that we are able to do this important work.
We are currently participating in research studies looking at treatment in the following areas:
- Coronary angiogram/angioplasty
- Heart Failure
- Surgical valve replacement/repair
- Non-surgical valve replacement/repair
- PFO (patent forum ovale)
- Left atrial appendage closure
- Pharmaceutical studies
Funding for our research studies come from a variety of sources including: commercial funders (Industry and private companies); non-commercial funders such as government departments; research councils, charities and the National Institute of Health.