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Research

Research has been an integral part of Cardiovascular Medicine since 1990. CVM physicians are currently participating in numerous clinical trials, and have made valuable contributions in hundreds of trials. CVM is fortunate to partner with dedicated facilities such as Genesis Medical Center, Trinity Medical Center and Midwest Cardiovascular Research Foundation to conduct these studies.

WHAT IS A CLINICAL TRIAL?
A clinical trial, also known as research, is a study done with human volunteers to study the body and to find better ways to detect, prevent, control, or cure a specific disease or disorder. Clinical trials may involve the testing of new medications, tests, devices or procedures. Advances in medicine are the result of clinical trials conducted around the world.

WHY WOULD I WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLINICAL TRIAL?
The most common reasons why volunteers elect to participate in a clinical trial are to; advance medicine, find a better treatment for their health condition, and to help others who have the same kind of health issues. Approximately 20% of all clinical trials done in the United States are conducted by researchers in the Midwest.

In order for a single drug to be approved by the FDA for marketing in the United States, it takes an average of 5 - 9 years to develop and test the drug, at a cost of $868 million to the pharmaceutical companies. Would you like to contribute to the development of a new drug for your health condition?

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN A CLINICAL TRIAL?
Clinical trials have very stringent criteria about who can participate. These criteria ensure the safety of the participants. The study criteria also help ensure the results of the trial are reliable.

HOW DO I KNOW IF IT IS SAFE FOR ME TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLINICAL TRIAL?
Before you agree to participate in a clinical trial, be sure that you understand what the study entails, what your involvement will be, and any potential risks or benefits you may receive by participating. If you are uncertain about participating, check with your family doctor or cardiologist.

Clinical trials are subject to the same legal and ethical codes that govern medical practice. Every clinical trial in the United States must be approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). This ensures that the rights, welfare, and confidentiality of human subjects participating in research are protected. All research studies conducted by Cardiovascular Medicine P. C. physicians have received IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval. This also ensures we are in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations when conducting our research.

WHAT IF I SIGN UP FOR A CLINICAL TRIAL AND CHANGE MY MIND LATER?
Any participant can leave a trial at any time for any reason. If you sign up and change your mind, contact the study doctor or research coordinator working with the doctor on the study.

HOW WOULD I FIND OUT IF THERE ARE ANY CLINICAL TRIALS THAT I MAY BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN?
If you have questions regarding participation in any clinical trial, please be sure to speak to your CVM cardiologist. Your cardiologist will be able to determine if there are currently any clinical trials being conducted that you may be eligible for. Your participation in research studies is strictly voluntary.