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 details. 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.
Heart Care Clinical Trials
A chance to make a difference
We are constantly improving heart care through clinical research. 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.
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:
- ASD Lung Pressure Study: This study is looking at high blood pressure related to atrial septal defects.
- Cardiometabolic Study: This study evaluates the effect of additional exercise for patients who are obese and have diabetes. Patients must be referred by their cardiologist.
- CoreValve trial: In this trial, surgeons use a catheter to guide a prosthetic device to a patient’s diseased aortic valve. The device expands and replaces the ailing valve.
- LAPTOP-HF Trial: St. Jude Medical is doing a study testing a new method of treatment for heart failure.
- RESCUE: This trial compares two types of tests for people with stable chest pain. It explores ways to diagnose and treat chest pain that may be more accurate, cost less and use less radiation.
- Shunt Lesion Study: This trial compares patients who have had atrial septal defect repairs with those who have not had surgery. It will look for differences in lung pressure problems between the two groups.
- Yoga My Heart: Patients learn the practice of yoga and use a cardiac event monitor to record episodes of abnormal heart rhythm. Participants must have a history of intermittent atrial fibrillation.
Collaboration sets us apart
The heart specialists and heart surgeons at The University of Kansas Health System have a special connection. They share office space. And they often collaborate to find the best treatment for their patients. You won’t see them competing for patients. Rather, they strive to do the right thing for you. This level of cooperation is so exceptional we’re often at the top of the list for clinical trials that require coordination among various physician groups.
Patients can benefit from participation
One patient with congestive heart failure found it easy to participate in a clinical trial. Rosemarie was quite ill when she joined a trial to test the effectiveness of a new pacemaker. “I felt like I couldn’t breathe,” she said. During the trial, she had 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 said, "I've been extremely pleased with my experience. I know the information from this study will help someone else."
For more information
Yoga may treat abnormal heart rhythms
Can finding your inner peace also slow your racing heart? Is Sun Salutation your new best friend in your battle against atrial fibrillation? And ultimately, will practicing yoga prove an effective treatment for calming abnormal heart rhythms?
Those questions are at the core of Yoga My Heart, a study of yoga's effect on cardiac arrhythmia. Led by Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD, the study tracks patients with irregular heart rhythms as they practice yoga. As director of the hospital's complex arrhythmia ablation program, Dr. Lakkireddy is collaborating with integrative medicine specialist Jeanne Drisko, MD, in the study.